Executive Director

NWSA Executive Director Debbie Miley has been an integral part of this organization since its inception. From a small conference room in Reno, Nevada in 1991, the first NWSA members elected Debbie to their Board of Directors. Her depth of fire industry experience – more than 26 years –  has helped her guide the Association to the role they play today.

Debbie is committed to helping NWSA members grow in capacity and professionalism as emergency service providers by offering training and education opportunities for its members. As the head of the association, Debbie works tirelessly to help the public, agencies and legislators better understand and support the wildland fire contracting industry. 

For more than a decade, Debbie and her husband Jim owned XL Hotshots, Inc., providing handcrews, engines, tenders and dozers to regional and national agencies. Upon retiring from the contracting industry, Debbie, who was already on the NWSA Board of Directors, was asked to serve as Executive Secretary and then Executive Director.  She has been in those roles since 1997. 

Administrative Assistant

Melissa grew up in a home that owned a wildland firefighting company during her youth.  She and her siblings spent many hours on the road to fires, filling up water canteens, sorting fire clothing and helping with the family business as she got older.

She lives in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range with her husband, Stephan and three children, McKenzie, Emmy and Ashten.  She is very involved in her community helping with the sports programs, and school district as a volunteer.

Missy joined NWSA full time starting January 2017, and she is handling membership services as well as working with vendors for Region 6 Equipment Inspections.  She offers support to the Executive Director as needed on project work, and also handles our vendor show at the NWSA Conference.

NWSA Office Staff

Teresa joined the NWSA staff in December of 2015.  She grew up on a ranch in Vale, Oregon and then moved to the Santiam Canyon where she resides with her husband and children. 

Teresa is the assistant to the NWSA Training Coordinator in additional to overseeing the Record Inspection for Region 6.  

She also provides support to the NWSA Executive Director and is the voice you most often hear when you call the NWSA Office.

ROBERT BLAIS NWSA Training Coordinator Ph: 1-209-761-9577 Fax: 1-866-350-0684 Email: rblais8118@gmail.com

Robert Blais was hired as NWSA Training Coordinator effective March 20, 2020.         

Bob is a retired Fire Captain with 32 years and second generation firefighter. Started in 1984 with the US Forest Service and then onto the National Park Service, working in California, Arizona and Flor-ida.
In 1995 started with the City of At-water Fire Department in California and ended my career with CAL FIRE, with the last 19 years as a Fire Captain.

Accomplishments: California Registered Instructor and Fire Officer. Instructor for local Firefighter 1 Academy since 2002 and National Fire Academy Contract Instructor. Fire-fighter of the Year four times.