Past Chairman of the Board
Chief Dennis Compton currently serves as a respected advisor to the fire service and other disciplines as well. He is 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 many chapters and articles for various publications, and was the Co-Editor of the third edition of the textbook titled Managing Fire and Rescue Services.
Dennis was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for 6 years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix where he served for 28 years. Chief Compton is Past Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) – and Past Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) 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. He is also a member of many other professional organizations.
Chief Compton is a past recipient of the George D. Post 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 also named the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the University of Phoenix – and received the 2003 Mason Lankford National Fire Service Leadership Award. He received the 2007 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award – and the 2009 Arizona Fire Chiefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, Dennis was inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders. Chief Compton is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Service Leadership and Management Research. He is also the 2016 recipient of the IAFC EMS Section James O. Page EMS Achievement Award – and is a charter member of the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame.