Volunteer Leadership Roundtable

Volunteer fire-rescue leaders share their views on funding, staffing, training, health and safety, and other key topics.


Firehouse® Magazine is proud to present our first “Volunteer Leadership Roundtable,” featuring the views of a cross-section of leaders from the volunteer fire-rescue service. These are people who have stepped forward to take on demanding roles and responsibilities at a challenging time for...


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Firehouse® Magazine is proud to present our first “Volunteer Leadership Roundtable,” featuring the views of a cross-section of leaders from the volunteer fire-rescue service. These are people who have stepped forward to take on demanding roles and responsibilities at a challenging time for volunteer agencies. We’re pleased to share with you their opinions on such topics as budgeting, staffing, training, response times, and health and safety.

We thank the participants for taking the time to join in the roundtable and speak frankly about topics of great importance to their departments and to the fire service as a whole.

The participants are:

Chief Adrian Borry Lincoln Fire Company No. 1
Ephrata, PA

Adrian L. Borry, CFPS, has served since 1984 with Lincoln Fire Company No. 1 and as chief since 1999. He also has been a career firefighter with the Lebanon, PA, Bureau of Fire for the past 10 years. He holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Harrisburg Area Community College and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Fire Officer I, Fire Service Instructor I, Firefighter III, EMT and Hazmat Technician.

Chief Robert Devonshire Jr. Strasburg Fire Company No. 1
Strasburg, PA

Robert R. Devonshire Jr., a firefighter since 1985, is chief of Strasburg Fire Company No. 1. A chief officer since 1992, Devonshire also has served as chief of the Refton, PA, Community Fire Company. He is certified as a Firefighter II, Instructor II and Firefighter I Evaluator, and is working to become a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy-approved Fire Service Instructor. He is also past president and current board member of the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association Inc., member of the Lancaster County Fireman’s Association Inc., member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and life member of the Refton Fire Company, and was part of the design committee of the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on behalf of the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association. He was the 2003 Firefighter of the Year for Lancaster County as presented by the Lancaster County Fireman’s Association.

Fire Marshal Mike Jackson Astoria Fire Department
Astoria, OR

Mike Jackson has been the fire marshal for the Astoria Fire Department since May 2004. The Astoria Fire Department is a combination volunteer/career department providing full-service emergency response and prevention activities to a community of 10,000 residents in northwest Oregon. Jackson holds a bachelor of science degree in fire service administration from Eastern Kentucky University and his experience includes both volunteer and career positions in fire suppression, EMS, fire prevention, management and consultant activities with four fire departments serving rural, suburban and urban areas in Oregon, Indiana, Ohio and Idaho.

Chief Don Turno Aiken County Hazardous Materials Team
Aiken County, SC

Don Turno, MBA, CFPS, has been in the fire service for 25 years. He has been a member of the Aiken County Hazardous Materials Team for 10 years and its chief for five. He also volunteers with Aiken Public Safety (police and fire) and is a member of the board of directors of the Beech Island Fire Department. Turno is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Oklahoma State University and University of Maryland with degrees in criminal justice, fire protection engineering and fire protection management. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and is in his second year of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy. Turno is an instructor at the National Fire Academy and Aiken Technical College, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and certified Fire Instructor and Deputy Fire Marshal/Fire Investigator. He is a senior fire protection engineer with Westinghouse Savannah River, a prime contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. He also has served on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code committees and International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) validation committees.

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