As secretary-treasurer, Ryan is tasked with recordkeeping, conducting correspondence pertaining to the office, storing historical documents, maintaining information of common interest to the Local affiliates, and serving as the custodian of the official PFFN seal. He handles the revenue 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 also the secretary for the Reno Airport Fire Fighters Association.
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 three years, Ryan has served the citizens of the Reno/Sparks area. He worked two 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, received the Firefighter of the Year unit citation in 2008, and he received the Red Cross Everyday Hero Nomination in 2014. Ryan 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 coursework to improve the fire service delivery models.
If you have a chance to meet with Ryan, you will quickly realize he’s Nevada born and 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, four-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 up their time with him allowing him to work for others. Without his family’s support, Ryan could not help others.