Robert Merritt, Senior Consultant mHc Associates, inc Mr. Merritt has spent his entire 33 year career in all levels and divisions of emergency services in the Pacific Northwest. The majority of his leadership years were spent as fire chief for a nationally recognized fire department in Snohomish County, Washington. Twenty-three years as chief fire officer/fire administrator provided Mr. Merritt creative opportunity to be involved with innovative leadership and development of a successful fire department, as well as also the opportunity to serve and provide significant contributions at the state and regional level. His experience in assisting and promoting organizational excellence, leadership, and efficiencies at all levels of emergency services gives rise to unique and positive opportunities to improving organizational effectiveness in today’s challenging environment. Mr. Merritt spent four years as a Senior Associate Consultant with Emergency Services Consulting (ESCI) group out of Portland, Oregon specializing in Cooperative Service Opportunities for the Fire Service, Evaluation of Emergency Services, Master Planning for the Fire Service and Organizational Strategic Planning. From 2005 to 2007, Robert managed the Washington Office of ESCi and managed/coordinated all projects to include the Auburn/Algona/Pacific Regional Fire Authority; the Sumner / East Pierce Fire & Rescue consolidation; the Bremerton/Central Kitsap Fire/South Kitsap Fire Regional Fire Authority; numerous Organizational Strategic Plans / Master Plans and several organizational evaluations. He is just completing a consolidation study / amalgamation of the City of DuPont and the Lakewood Fire Department (Pierce County Fire District #2).