William A Salmon – Resume

William A. Salmon

1924 Linden Ridge Drive, Fort Collins CO 80524 § 970-218-9406 § wsalmon345@gmail.com

Desired Position: Emergency Management Coordinator

Dedicated educator, coordinator, and community leader with a track record of achievement within Poudre Fire Authority (PFA), Boulder Rural Fire Department, American Public University, BSLA LLC, and Cozumel FD, Mexico. Demonstrated success in driving improvements in education and business. Proven ability to develop students and employees and build cohesive teams. Insightful educator who champions learning cultures and promotes optimal knowledge and skill development. Possess diplomatic approach, unwavering ethics, and solid understanding of community and corporate governance. Honorably discharged veteran.

EMS- BOARD Member – Adjunct faculty – Training – Fire service

Poudre Fire Authority

Northern Larimer County Emergency Response Area (NLCERA) – EMS Contract Coordinator

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Contract coordination                                            2015- present

Responsible for EMS Contract response compliance coordination with UCHealth as the contractor providing EMS response to the 2200 square mile NLCERA.  Onsite and remote administration using compliance programs and MS Office.  The NLCERA is comprised of nine Fire/EMS agencies who have assigned EMS Contract administration for their respective authorities having jurisdiction through intergovernmental agreements with PFA.  Compliance is measured continually, monthly and quarterly for compliance assessments which are focused on continual improvement not penalty.

Bill Salmon Learning Associates

Founder & Training Mentor (billsalmonlearningassociates.com)                                  2007 – present

Developing learning cultures in the US and Mexico, through mentoring, personal interaction, and online and practical deliveries; developing and administering training websites; learning management systems; provide on-site practical exercises in support of contract department SOP/SOG/OD’s; develop and facilitate AAR’s; grant writing; Blue Card instructor and admin services, to include producing monthly fireground simulations.  


Assistant Chief of Operations and Training                                                                      2013 – 2014

Responsible for department operations and training; interfacing with and developing surrounding department collaboration; scheduling, developing, and conducting learning environments; development of training website; program management supervision; safety program supervision; EMS programs administration; and budget administration and oversight; participating as part of the command leadership team to provide inspirational and visionary leadership.

 Cozumel Fire Department, Cozumel, Mexico

Leadership & Learning Environment Advisor                                                               1998 – present

Provide administrative, planning, and budget guidance to governance officials.  Oversee curriculum development and training for Cozumel, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen fire departments. Coordinated 12 annual training academies. Secured and transport donated U.S. firefighting equipment to build competent and equipped fire departments.

American Public University, online

Adjunct Faculty                                                                                                                 2010 – 2013

Facilitated and instructed 10 curriculums within Public Safety, Emergency and Disaster Management; also College 100 – First Year Experience. Verified student comprehension and successful negotiation of the online environment. Developed and wrote curriculum and updates. Mentored and coordinated with other instructors; Lead faculty designation.

Poudre Fire Authority (PFA), Fort Collins CO

1986 – 2013

Acting Battalion Chief                                                                                                       2010 – 2013

Oversee shift operations, including discipline and training. Manage incident response for fires and major calls for aid, assessing and implementing appropriate command structure and response level. Provide support and resources to fire companies as needed. Maintain apparatus and fire station in optimal condition. Perform inspections.  Completed courageous leadership program as part of command staff. 

Training Captain                                                                                                                2005 – 2007

Developed and administered training programs for all 36 PFA fire companies. Coordinated with battalion chief officers to meet required training and enhanced subject matter development. Developed online constructive learning environments, Moodle LMS, and website resources to enhance practical deliveries.

Fire Captain                                                                                                                       1996 – 2013

Manage fire company operations and strategy, including response to fires as well as accident and health emergencies. Collaborate with other emergency service providers. Build effective teams by providing mentoring, feedback, and 140+ hours of annual training.

Driver/Operator/Firefighter                                                                                                1986 – 1996

Selected Career Achievements

  • Published 2008 – Fire Chief Magazine – Spearheaded first-of-its-kind program to improve firefighter safety and fireground communication through development of hearing enhancement and preservation systems – assuring hearing in every noise environment.
  • Established Bill Salmon Learning Associates 2007 – Developed learning cultures in fire departments, virtual learning programs, building constructive learning environments through facilitator- company model to facilitate learning in selected fire departments.
  • Earned Lead Faculty designation while faculty at American Public University – EDMG230 & FSMT475. 
  • Earned certification as Blue Card Incident Command Instructor – Develop and train fireground incident command while demonstrating willingness to continually drive improvements in incident management and safety.
  • Leadership Consultant to Cozumel, Mexico Fire Department leaders and governance officials which provides first world suppression, prevention, and education to the island of 90,000 inhabitants. 

Military Service

United States Air Force, honorably discharged

Education & Certifications

Masters of Education, Jones International University, E-Learning emphasis

B.S. in Business Administration, Regis University, Denver CO

Hazardous Materials Tech (Poudre Fire Authority), 1990 – 2013

Emergency Medical Technician (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment),1982 – Present

Courageous Leadership Program Development – Poudre Fire Authority

Peer Support Team Member – Poudre Fire Authority, 2021 – Present

Board Memberships

Thunder Mountain Wind and Fire (501C3), 2002 – Current (Vice President)

Education and Life Training Center, 2004 – 2007

Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District, 2004 – 2006

Open Fire Academy, 2008 – 2010

Cozumel Country Club Estates HOA, 2013 – Current (President)

911 For 911 (501C3), 2018 – Current (President)

Glacier View Fire Protection District, 2019 – Current (Director)

Consulting: Business, Emergency Services, Education, Philanthropy