Chief Dennis Compton

Chairman of the Board

Chief Dennis Compton

Chief Dennis Compton is a respected executive advisor, a well-known speaker, and the author of several books including his latest titled Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts, and Tools. His previous books include a three-part series titled When in Doubt, Lead, and another titled Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers. He has authored chapters and articles for many publications, and was Co-Editor of the textbook titled Managing Fire and Rescue Services.

Dennis was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for 5 years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix where he served for 27 years. Chief Compton is Past Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association, and Past Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Advisory Council. He is currently Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chairman of the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Steering Committee. Chief Compton is also a member of the Arizona State University Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Chief Compton is a past recipient of the National Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award, and was named the American Fire Sprinkler Association Fire Service Person of the Year in 2000. Dennis was the University of Phoenix 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, and has received the National Fire Service Leadership Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and Motorola Solutions. He also received the 2007 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2009 Arizona Fire Chiefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis received the 2014 Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Service Leadership and Management Research from the International Fire Service Training Association, Fire Protection Publications, and Oklahoma State University. Chief Compton is a charter member of the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame.