Operations Committee

The Operations Committee is composed of the fire supervisors in charge of the fire program within each member agency. The Chair of the Operations Committee is a two (2) year term and rotates among the member agencies.

Goals and Objectives

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Goal #1

Implement and direct Compact business under the direction of the Commission.


  • Establish administration guidelines and procedures for the Compact based on sound fiscal principles.
  • Provide direction to working teams.
  • Prepare an annual budget for Commissioners' review and approval.
  • Provide administrative guidance to the Executive Director.
  • Seek out grants and other supplemental funding sources.
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Goal #2

Support each member agency, individually and as a Compact, in maintaining an effective forest fire control capability (preparedness).


  • Support each member agency, individually and as a Compact, in maintaining an effective forest fire control capability.
  • Share information and resources relative to wildland fire within and outside the Compact.
  • Support agency plans that incorporate the necessary methods and procedures for implementing mutual aid to other Compact agencies and shall be so written as to provide ready incorporation into a Compact Plan.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of programs that recognizes the changing role of fire in forest resource management.
  • Implement and encourage continuing interagency level training programs designed to maintain and enhance the skills and efficiencies of forest fire control personnel.
  • Review and report, at least once every five (5) years, the Compact's ability to provide mutual aid and other wildland fire assistance to member agencies and other cooperators.
  • Keep member agencies apprised of the newest fire management techniques developed by other agencies, the federal or provincial governments and other organizations.
  • Serve as a forum for the exchange of information, emerging issues, developing technologies, organizational changes and other important activities that impact the member agencies.
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Goal #3

Support member agencies in maintaining an effective fire prevention program.


  • Establish and maintain a Compact Wildland Fire Prevention Education Team.
  • Develop and utilize prevention materials prepared for Compact-wide use.
  • Provide Compact-wide training in fire prevention techniques
  • Provide continuing support for "Smokey Bear" and similar agency prevention campaigns.
  • Develop, acquire and implement new, innovative and effective wildland fire prevention programs for the member agencies and the Compact.
  • Define and develop the Compact role with respect to prescribed fire, (use, role, standards, etc).
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Goal #4

Establish and maintain close liaison with other compacts and cooperating agencies.


  • Facilitate the free exchange of information between compacts and cooperating agencies.
  • Maintain a state of the art web site to meet members' needs.
  • Provide an Annual Report to other compacts.
  • Provide Compact representation for Regional and National working groups and committees.
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Goal #5

Provide the means for member agencies and cooperating partners to manage fires that might be beyond the capabilities of their respective agency.


  • Establish and maintain a pool of at least 8 Complex Incident Management Course (CIMC) trained individuals that can function as a team.
  • Support and promote the development of ICS in the Compact Provinces.
  • Develop and maintain a resource inventory of equipment and human resources within the Compact.
  • Establish standard agreements for resource sharing between Compacts for both wildland and prescribed fire.
  • Provide effective mobilization of NE Fire Compact member wildland fire management resources, both within and outside the Compact.
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Goal #6

Maintain a full complement of active commissioners who take an active and participatory role in Compact activities.


  • In addition to regularly scheduled Compact meetings, each Fire Supervisor shall meet annually with the other Commissioners of their agency to discuss Compact matters.
  • Commissioner vacancies will be filled as rapidly as possible.
  • New Commissioners will be provided a briefing package and other information concerning the Compact mission.
  • Commissioners will be provided timely information on Compact activities including training and executive meeting notices and ongoing and proposed program activities.
  • Each Fire Supervisor will provide an Annual Report on Compact activities to the Governor and the legislative body of their respective agency.


Reese Kerbow (BIA)

Work Email: reese.kerbow@bia.gov
Mobile Phone: +1 828-736-0952
Office Phone: +1 615-564-6780

32 Drowning Bear St.
Bldg #32
P.O. Box 1959
Cherokee, NC 28719
United States

Helene Hochholzer (CT)

Work Email: helene.hochholzer@ct.gov
Work Phone: +1 860-424-3632
Work Fax: +1 860-424-4070

Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Division of Forestry
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 60106
United States

Brett Bachman (FDNY)

Work Email: brett.bachman@fdny.nyc.gov
Work Phone: +1 917-488-4035

Martel Knipe (GMNF)

Work Email: martel.knipe@usda.gov
Work Phone: +1 802-747-6740
Mobile Phone: +1 802-353-8783

Green Mountain/Finger Lakes National Forest
231 N. Main St.
Rutland, VT 05701
United States

Robby Gross (ME)

Work Email: robby.gross@maine.gov
Mobile Phone: +1 207-712-8603
Mobile Phone: +1 207-227-4367

Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
Maine Forest Service
18 Elkins Lane, Harlow Bldg, SHS #22
Augusta, ME 04333
United States

David Celino (MA)


Work Email: david.celino@mass.gov
Work Phone: +1 508-326-2403

Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry
251 Causeway Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Troy Adams (NB)

Work Email: troy.adams@gnb.ca
Work Phone: +1 506-440-9332

Dept. of Energy and Resource Development
Forest Fire Management Section
1350 Reqent St.
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6

Steven Sherman (NH)

Work Email: steven.sherman@dred.nh.gov
Work Phone: +1 603-788-4157 ext. 312
Work Fax: +1 603-788-0956

NH Forest Protection Bureau
629 B Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
United States

Jaime Laczko (NY)

Work Email: jaime.laczko@dec.ny.gov
Mobile Phone: +1 518-335-3429

New York Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12233-2560
United States

Jeff Motty, RPF (NL)

Past Chair

Work Email: jeffmotty@gov.nl.ca
Work Phone: +1 709-637-2404
Mobile Phone: +1 709-640-0087
Work Fax: +1 709-637-2403

Dept. of Fisheries and Land Resources
Forestry and Wildlife Branch
192 Wheeler's Road
P.O. Box 2006
Corner Brook, NL A2H 0J1

Brad Simpkins (NA-SPF)

NA State and Private Forestry Liaison

Work Email: brad.simpkins@usda.gov
Work Phone: +1 603-868-7656
Mobile Phone: +1 603-312-8326

U.S. Forest Service
Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
271 Mast Road
Durham, NH 03824
United States

Thomas F. Brady (NFFPC)

Executive Director

Work Email: tbrady@nffpc.org
Mobile Phone: +1 603-273-8477

7 Palomino Rd
Gilford, NH 03249
United States

Eric Earle (NFFPC)

Deputy Executive Director

Work Email: eearle@nffpc.org
Work Phone: +1 709-388-8888

1 Mountainview Rd
Massey Drive, NL A2H 7A7

Scott Tingley (NS)

Work Email: scott.tingley@novascotia.ca
Work Phone: +1 902-758-5250
Office Phone: +1 902-758-7230

Dept. of Natural Resources
Forest Protection
P.O. Box 130
Shubenacadie Hants CO, NS B0N 2H0

Mike K. Montigny (PE)

Work Email: mmontigny@gov.pe.ca
Work Phone: +1 902-368-4709

Dept. of Communities, Land, and Environment
Forests, Fish, and Wildlife Division
183 Upton Road
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Luc Dugas (QC)

Work Email: ldugas@sopfeu.qc.ca
Work Phone: +1 418-871-3341 ext. 5410
Work Fax: +1 418-874-2629

Aéroport International Jean-Lesage
715, 7e rue de l'Aéroport
Québec, QC G2G 2S7

Patrick MacMeekin (RI)

Work Email: patrick.macmeekin@dem.ri.gov
Work Phone: +1 401-595-1075

RIDEM Division of Forest Environment
260 Arcadia Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832
United States

Mike Pagoaga (USFWS)

Work Email: michael_pagoaga@fws.gov
Mobile Phone: +1 413-800-6517

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
United States

Matthew Way (NPS)

Work Email: matthew_way@nps.gov
Work Phone: +1 207-288-8780
Mobile Phone: +1 207-610-0648

National Park Service
Acadia National Park
20 Mcfarland Hill Dr.
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
United States

Dan Dillner (VT)

Work Email: dan.dillner@vermont.gov
Mobile Phone: +1 802-777-3079

Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation
111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4695
United States

Shannon Gurney (WMNF)

Work Email: shannon.gurney@usda.gov
Work Phone: +1 603-536-6262

U.S. Forest Service
71 White Mountain Drive
Campton, NH 03223
United States