Angelo Aragon, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, began his career with the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department in 1984. Aragon has dedicated more than 32 years to the fire service and to protecting the Las Vegas community.
As president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, Angelo serves as a leader to 1,850 professional fire fighters working in 18 fire departments located throughout the state of Nevada. Additionally, he serves as fire captain for the City of Las Vegas and secretary of the Las Vegas Firefighters Local 1285.
Aragon attended the College of Southern Nevada to earn a degree in Fire Science Technology and Fire Service Management. In the early years of his career, Angelo received special training to become a Hazardous Material Technician.
Other positions held throughout his 32 years of service include presiding as the chairman of the Safety Committee for Local 1285, regional outreach chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and serving as a member of the Negotiations Team for Local 1285.
Angelo has continually made great efforts to be actively involved in his organization and in his community. He coordinates statewide events for the IAFF motorcycle group and continues to support the MDA and the many outreach activities Local 1285 is involved in. Aragon also serves as a parliamentarian and member of the Parent Teacher Organization.
After graduating high school in Flagstaff, AZ, he moved to southern Nevada where has lived for the past 35 years. When he is not fulfilling his duties as a firefighter, he enjoys fishing, riding his motorcycle, watching NFL games and spending time with his wife, Candace, stepchildren, Cohan and Charlize, and grandson, Adrian.
As Secretary-Treasurer, Ryan is tasked with recordkeeping, conducting correspondence pertaining to the office, storing historical documents, maintaining information of common interest to the Local affiliates, and also serves as the custodian of official PFFN seal. He handles the revenues and expenses of three separate business accounts as the treasurer for PFFN. Aside from administering the general accounts and business of the PFFN, Ryan provides oversight for the funding of the Nevada Firefighter Memorial, represents the Benevolent association, and administers funds for the PFFN PAC. Ryan is the Secretary for the Reno Airport Fire Fighters Association as well.
Ryan graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. He spent a season fighting wildland fires with the California Department of forestry in 2001. Ryan began his municipal career in 2003 with the City of North Las Vegas Fire Department. He enjoyed dedicating himself to the citizens of the Las Vegas valley for 12 years. For the last 3 years, Green has served the citizens of the Reno/Sparks area. He worked 2 years for the Sparks Fire Department and is currently a firefighter for the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority.
Ryan has continuously proven his dedication and commitment to fire safety, which has been recognized numerous times. In 2007, Ryan was the Rotary Service Person of the Year, 2008 firefighter of the year unit citation, and he also received the Red Cross Everyday Hero Nomination in 2014. Green has sat on national committees attempting to help develop best practices in Fire Service GIS and has received praise in peer publications for his early work with GIS in the fire service. He enjoys utilizing what he has learned in his university course work to improve the fire service delivery models.
If you have a chance to meet with Ryan, you will quickly understand that he was born in Nevada and is proud to still be living and working in Nevada. Ryan was born in Carson City and still lives there. He is a Trustee on the Carson City School Board and is very involved in his community. When he is not firefighting, Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, driving very fast off-road, 4-wheeling, and single jack rock drilling in mining competitions. He has a beautiful wife, Monica, and two children, Gabi and Gavin. Ryan appreciates his family’s commitment to the firefighting service. They have spent many nights without him at home and they give their time allowing him to work for others. Without his family’s support Ryan could not help others.
Cory M. Whitlock, Southern District Vice President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, currently serves as a Firefighter and Paramedic for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Whitlock also serves on the Local 1285 executive board and on the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association’s executive board.
As vice president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, Whitlock is responsible for assisting the presidents of affiliate locals in southern Nevada, and ensuring those locals are in compliance with their governing rules.
Before working for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Whitlock worked as a firefighter/paramedic for Storey County Fire Protection District. Whitlock also served as a community college professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. During this time he specialized in emergency medical services, managed online classes and lead the paramedic programs.
Whitlock studied at the Truckee Meadows Community College and earned his associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology in Reno, Nev. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Health Science from the University of Washington. After earning both degrees, Whitlock continued his education and received his Physician Assistant accreditation from the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Whitlock’s priority is to be a public servant and fireman for the Las Vegas community. With the assistance and support of the members of the Las Vegas Fire Department, he seeks to promote community safety by protecting life, preventing loss, and providing support and relief to those in need.
Whitlock currently resides in Henderson, Nev. When he is not working, he enjoys outdoor sports such as biking, hiking, wakeboarding, camping and skiing.
Brian Wolfgram, District Vice President of the Professional Firefighters of Nevada, has more than 30 years of firefighting experience and serves as fire captain within the Henderson Fire Department. He has spent a total of 13 years as an officer representing IAFF Local 1883, three of which were as president. As an officer of the Local, he attended numerous classes through the IAFF and brought pertinent information back to 1883’s executive board. During his time as the Local President, Brian negotiated contracts, managed programs, supervised board members and established annual operating budgets.
Brian began his career in the fire service in 1985 as a firefighter in the United States Air Force, where he was trained as a firefighter for both structural and aircraft rescue. He was selected to attend two advanced schools during his enlistment in order to train other officers, one class focusing on the operation of the USAF’s P19 ARFF vehicle and the second on advanced rescue techniques. Prior to receiving an Honorable Discharge, Brian received an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force. After his discharge from the Air Force, Brian attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in communications in 1992 and was hired as a firefighter for the City of Henderson in 1990. During that time, he served as an advisor for Henderson’s newly established Explorer Post, assisting in curriculum development, scheduling and instruction. In 1996 Brian was temporarily assigned as a Training Officer where he helped create and oversee training programs for the department.
Currently, Brian serves as fire captain within the Henderson Fire Department and has held this rank since 2001. In 2011, Brain was selected to be a Fire Academy Instructor, and in 2014 was again called on to be a lead instructor for a 16-week academy with 19 cadets and three other instructors. He assisted in the creation and review of written and performance assessments for Engineer and Fire Captain and has been an evaluator on the department’s oral review board for the engineer promotional exam. Brian has also served as Chairman of the Henderson Firefighters Benevolent Association and Vice Chairman of PERS Police and Fire Advisory Committee. He has also been published several times in the American Fire Journal and Fire Rescue Magazine after writing educational trade journals.
Brian has lived in Henderson for over 25 years. In his spare time, Brian enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping and spending time with his wife DeAnne and daughter Lauren.
Bryon Hunt, Northern District Vice President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, is a firefighter paramedic for the Carson City Fire Department. As vice president, Hunt is responsible for assisting the presidents of affiliate locals in Northern Nevada and ensuring those locals are in compliance with their governing rules. He also serves as President Angelo Aragon’s secondary when he is unable to attend functions or meetings in the North.
In addition to his primary duties as Northern District Vice President, he is responsible for serving as a liaison for local presidents and the executive board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada. He was elected to his vice presidency in April 2014.
Hunt drives and operates the fire apparatus for the Carson City Fire Department, and also serves as president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Carson City Local 2251. Prior to his local presidency, he served in several other executive board positions, gaining knowledge and experience as a fire service leader.
During his time as president of the Carson City Professional Fire Fighters, Hunt has worked to increase the level of service provided to his community. He has also addressed and improved specific issues such as hours, wages, and working conditions for his members.
He has been named “Firefighter of the Year” by Carson City, has received recognition as a firefighter from both the City of Elks and the Foot Print Society, and has received numerous “Golden Axe” Awards from the department.
Hunt has a Fire Science degree, is a certified paramedic by Northwest Medical Training Center, and has a list of special certifications in fire and technical rescue. He is also a lead instructor for the Carson City Regional Fire Academy, and teaches technical rescue for the Carson City Fire Department and numerous other agencies.
Hunt is a proud member of the Carson City Fire Department Honor Guard, which performs at their special events. He also partakes in raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the Fill-the-Boot drive, and sponsoring scholarships for the Nevada Public Education Foundation. He supports the American Red Cross through the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada’s involvement in the “Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps” campaign, which provides assistance for victims displaced by fires.
Hunt has lived in Reno, Nevada for 16 years and enjoys spending time with his family. His other passions in life are camping, hunting, skiing, riding ATVs and dirt bikes, and traveling.
Ian Satterfield, northern district vice president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, has nearly 20 years of experience in the fire service. As District Vice President, Mr. Satterfield is responsible for assisting the presidents of affiliate locals and ensuring those locals are in compliance with their governing rules.
Beginning his career with the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District in 1999, Mr. Satterfield served there for 13 years. In 2012, he was hired at Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, where he currently serves as fire captain. Along with his duties as captain, Ian represents the Truckee Meadows Firefighters Association, Local 3895, as president.
Satterfield attended Truckee Meadows Community College where he earned his associate degree in Fire Science. Later he returned to school to earn his bachelor degree in Fire Science and Public Administration from Colorado State University.
Along with fulfilling his duties within the local and PFFN, Satterfield is an active volunteer for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, an organization that works to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance and support programs while advocating for increased research funds and raising public awareness.
Ian was raised in Mammoth, CA, but has lived in Reno for the past 26 years. In his free time, he loves skiing, mountain biking and relaxing with his wife, Anna, and daughters, Kaitlyn and Hailey.
Tom Dunn, northern district vice president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, has served 18 years as a firefighter for the Reno Fire Department. Dunn’s role as northern district vice president is to assist the presidents of affiliate locals in his area and to ensure their compliance with the governing rules.
In addition to his role within PFFN, Dunn is the vice president of the Reno Firefighters Association. He represents the association to improve wages, benefits and working conditions for the members. He is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with the city of Reno staff and elected officials, as he is responsible for addressing public safety issues that affect firefighters and the community.
Prior to his work in the fire service, Tom was a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and worked as a combat engineer and with the military police. Through his experience in the military and fire service, Dunn is certified as an urban search and rescue technician, a terrorism/fusion liaison officer, EMS instructor and is a qualified national Type 1 planning section chief.
Furthermore, Tom serves as a member of the Negotiations, Grievance and Insurance committees for Local 731, and is a member of the Safety Committee and Employee Advisory Insurance Committee for the City of Reno. The American Red Cross has recognized him as an Everyday Hero for his work with the Mizpah Fire in Reno and for his work with the Carpenter 1 Fire in Las Vegas.
Tom is a lifelong resident of Reno. He attended Robert McQueen High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently lives in Spanish Springs with his wife, Jennifer, his daughter, Katherine and family dog, Charlie. When Tom is not fighting fires, he enjoys hiking, camping and the great outdoors with his family.
Bill Gardner is the Southern District Vice President representing North Las Vegas Local 1609, Boulder City Local 5073, Mt. Charleston Local 4621, and Pahrump Valley Local 4068. His primary responsibility in this role is to act as the liaison between the officers of the organizations listed above and the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, and to help provide information or assistance to allow the Locals he represents to better serve their members.
Prior to relocating to Nevada, Gardner was a member of a trade union and later served on the district staff of U.S. House of Representatives member Sue Kelly in New York. Currently, he is a fire fighter with the North Las Vegas Fire Department and serves as secretary/treasurer of North Las Vegas Local 1607.
Gardner attended Dutchess Community College where he earned his associate degree in liberal arts. Later, he returned to school to earn his bachelor’s degree in health science from the State University of New York and, following that, his master’s degree in public administration from Grand Canyon University.
In addition to fulfilling his duties within Local 1607 and PFFN, Gardner is the founding board member of the Nevada Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter’s Fund, an organization which aids fire fighters and their families in times of need. He is also the snare drummer for IAFF Local 1607 Honor Guard and the Las Vegas Police and Fire Emerald Society, and is a member of the combined Las Vegas Valley Fire Departments Rugby Club.
Gardner has called the Las Vegas Valley home for 22 years and enjoys spending his time with his wife, Kristin and their daughter, Finley and son, Liam.