Gary L. Krichbaum

Gary Krichbaum is the FRCE’s Program Manager and is responsible for the coordination and resources supporting a variety of firefighter support programs related to cancer prevention, behavioral health, cardiac health and overall health and wellness.

An accomplished fire service leader with over 31 years of experience in fire, rescue, EMS and emergency services, Gary entered the fire service in 1989 as a volunteer with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. and retired as an Assistant Fire Chief for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department 2020. He has a been a long-time supporter of the NFFF and currently serves as the Deputy Incident Commander for Memorial Weekend held each year in Emmitsburg, MD.

Gary has a strong background as an educator and has delivered curriculum for two local Community Colleges and the University of Maryland, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. He is also a Fire Service Team Leader for the Honduras Compassion Partners which develops and implements educational programs and courses in leadership and management, fire and EMS operations, community risk reduction and other related fields to promote professional development in fire departments throughout Honduras.

Gary serves as the current Maryland Director for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has been a contributing member of multiple NFPA Committees. His most recent published work is “Goal Setting for Mid-Level Chief Officers,” shown on-line for Fire-Rescue Magazine, December 2020.

Gary holds a BS in Fire Science and a Master’s in Emergency & Disaster Management from American Public University. He resides in Maryland with his beautiful wife Allison, and their three amazing children Olivia, Alex, and Emily.