My name is Dennis Kunkel and I have served as a board member with the Georgetown Township Fire Protection District since January of 2014. I am currently the Chief of Police for the Town of Georgetown Police Department as well as their police canine handler and department instructor. Prior to this position, I spent 23 years with the City of New Haven, Indiana Police Department in Allen County, Indiana; with my last position held being the department’s mid-shift patrol supervisor, department tactical instructor, K9 handler/trainer and department SWAT commander. I have over 10 years of fire service experience from my past position as a volunteer fireman with the City of New Haven Fire Department in Allen County, Indiana, in addition to spending over 1.5 years as an emergency medical tech with a private ambulance service (Emergency One Corp.) that served the Fort Wayne/Allen County Indiana area in northeastern Indiana. I hold an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master of Science degree in Management. I have attended a number of job specific courses including, but not limited to, a graduate of the Police Chief Executive training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield Indiana, Police Executive Leadership Training through I.A.C.P. in Indianapolis, Incident Command Training through FEMA and I have been instrumental in the training of hundreds of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel in a number of disciplines including, but not limited to, all phases of K9 handling, active shooter response, chemical weapons, tactical search and apprehension, defensive tactics. In addition, I am an accomplished author of a number of police training articles published in National Police Canine journals and on the internet. I hold a board position on the Floyd County Local Emergency Planning Commission as well as serve as Executive Vice-president for the American Police Canine Association. The A.P.C.A. is one of four National canine associations in the country with a membership base of over 400 law enforcement canine teams from across the United States and Canada. I maintain a number of specialized certifications including, but not limited to, a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board Instructor, American Police Canine Association Master Trainer, Indiana SWAT operator certified, TASER certified and Chemical Weapons instructor certified. I have attended a number of professional development courses to include, but not limited to, Crime Scene Management, Internal Affairs Investigations, NIMS/Incident Command IS100 thru IS704, Police Canine Administrative & Liability courses, SWAT Legal & Liability courses, Cultural Diversity training, Active Shooter Response training and Environmental Crimes & Prosecution. I deeply appreciate this opportunity to serve as a member on the Georgetown Township Fire Protection District Board; and as a community member of Georgetown Township myself with over 35 years of combined law enforcement and fire service experience and training, I feel I have a good understanding as to the needs of our fire district and the community they serve. I encourage all community members of Georgetown Township to get involved with your local fire district through taking the time to stop in and meet the emergency professionals that serve you.