Our Team Members volunteer their time to go on a mission and/or support our work! We are grateful for all of our volunteers!
+ Dave Moore Chief Fire Officer/ Executive Director
Dave is the founder, executive director and Chief Fire Officer of Africa Fire Mission. After visiting Kenya in 2012 and seeing first-hand the challenges that faced the fire services there to prevent and respond to fires and other emergencies, he founded Africa Fire Mission to help increase the sustainable capacity of fire brigades in Africa. Africa Fire Mission currently has training programs in place in Zambia, Ethiopia and Kenya with planned expansion to Sierra Leone in 2017. Dave is a 23-year veteran of the fire service, a 3rd generation firefighter and began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Scottdale, PA, USA. Prior to founding AFM, Dave served as Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department in Cincinnati, OH. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire and Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and graduate degrees in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from Northern Kentucky University. He has a diverse background in structural, industrial and wildland firefighting and is passionate about ensuring firefighters all across the world have access to high quality training and personal safety equipment.
+ Nancy Moore Program Director
Nancy is a veteran “firefighter wife” and professional social worker. She was originally asked to go to Africa by Mary Kamau of Missions of Hope International (MOHI) to train social workers on child sexual abuse prevention. When Mary realized that Nancy’s husband, Dave, was a fire chief she asked him to come and do fire safety assessments in the schools that MOHI runs. Suddenly the needs of the fire service and the community became clear. God’s hand was at work as the mission began to grow overnight and Nancy’s role within Africa Fire Mission became a reality. Nancy’s work with Africa Fire Mission is that of organizer, planner, program & curriculum design. She uses her skills understanding culture and training to assist in preparing the teams of firefighters to go to Africa and is working to develop fire prevention programs for schools and communities in urban and rural Africa. She works with African firefighters to help them advocate for themselves and to advance the fire service. Nancy holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is a Co-Active Coach and is licensed as a social worker in Ohio and Kentucky.
+ Mikel Robinson Administrator
Mikel is the owner and founder of Full Scope Management. She began working with AFM in December 2017. In addition to working with AFM, Mikel is the Executive Director for the International Association of Wildland Fire and Administrator for the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association. Before starting Full Scope, Mikel worked at the University of Montana as a Division Manager in Community & Professional Services. Prior to her time at UM she worked in the Cruise Ship Industry as a Hotel Manager in Alaska and the Caribbean. She has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Montana. Mikel lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband Ken.
+ HANK CLEMMENSEN development Director
Chief Clemmensen began his fire service career in 1973 with the Glenview-Glenbrook Fire District as a paid-on-call firefighter after serving in the US Army, 82nd Airborne Division as a MP. In 1977, he was hired by the Hoffman Estates Fire Department as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. Hank was promoted through the ranks to Fire Marshal / Assistant Fire Chief with additional responsibility of Chief Administrator for the Hoffman Estates Code Enforcement Department. From 2001 until the end of 2016, Chief Clemmensen severed as Fire Chief for the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District.
Chief Clemmensen also served as President of Illinois MABAS Division 1 from 2005 to 2007, President of the IAFC Great Lakes Division from 2007 to 2009, and finally as President & Chairman of the Board for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in 2013 - 2014.
Chief Clemmensen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Illinois University and graduate studies in Public Administration through Northern Illinois University. He is also a commercial pilot/Flight Instructor for airplanes (land & seaplanes), rotorcraft-helicopters, and holds a Remote Pilot Certificate.
+ Matt Flagler chief of operations
Matt Flagler is a 24-year veteran of the fire service. A Captain with the Cincinnati Fire Department, Flagler is currently assigned to the Operations Bureau as Company Commander of Engine 2, responding to 4,000 alarms per year in the ethnically and economically diverse northern neighborhoods of the city. Matt has previously served in a variety of roles in Cincinnati including as a Training Instructor and a member of the Administration Bureau. Flagler also serves in regional roles as a member of a local Incident Management Team, and as Plans Team Manager for FEMA US&R Ohio Task Force One. Flagler holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati and has completed his studies in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. 2016 will mark Matt’s fourth trip to Kenya in support of Africa Fire Mission (AFM). What began as a fun adventure and a favor to friends has become a passion to help his brother and sister firefighters in Africa. Flagler is excited to return to Kenya this year as part of a larger team bringing information, new experiences and encouragement to the Firefighters of Kenya. Matt resides in Cincinnati with his wife of 18 years Sarah, and children Daniel and Graciella.
+ JOSÈ NGUNJIRI Fire Safety Advocate
José Njuki-Imwe Ngunjiri is a social change enthusiast, entrepreneur, mobilizer and a fire safety advocate with a wide range of experience in community mobilization. At 4 months old, José went through a fire situation that burnt 85% of his face. His nanny had left him in the house to go pick up his elder sister who was two years older than him in a kindergarten that was two kilometers away. On coming back, the house was engulfed with fire and his face and left hand were burnt severely. He lost all five fingers. José went on with his life and trained as a firefighter later on graduating with a Fire Fighter1 Certification. José is a self-motivated individual with an objective of saving lives and prevent property damage by working together with community dwellers and leaders to achieve the desired goals. In the course of his work, he has regularly responded to a wide range of emergency situations and provided community outreach services to improve public knowledge of fire safety in vulnerable areas in Kenya. Additionally, José has worked hand in hand with the first responders and EMT’s to assist traumatized victims. José volunteers with the Kiambu Fire Brigade Service in Kenya. José resides in Nairobi Kenya with his son
Board of Directors
BOARD OF AMBASSADORS
ALHAJI SACCOH Founder, Sierra Leone Children's Fund
DICK ALEXANDER International Consultant, CMFI
DAVID GITHUKU Proctor and Gamble
FRANCIS NDELEVA Fire Chief Officer, Kenya Airport Authority
MOSES MUTELEMBA Chief Fire Officer, Zambia Airports Corporation Limited
WALLACE KAMAU Missions of Hope International