Drew Smith, BS, EFO/CFO, LP is fire chief of the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District. A 40-year member of the fire service, the past 29 as a chief officer, he has been a member of volunteer, combination and career departments. An experienced training officer, regional academy director, regional TRT director, Statewide TRT committee chair, State Fire Marshal committee member, and college faculty with multiple firefighting, special operations, officer, and instructor/training manager certifications. He has led the formation of a new fire department, implemented the first aerial apparatus into fire departments, implemented FD-based paramedic ambulances, transitioned from volunteer to part-time to career staff, and negotiated first-ever bargaining agreements. A member of several state and national fire service organizations, he has presented at both FDIC as well as state and regional conferences numerous times over the past 26 years.