Alliance-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Alliance-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

North Counties Allliance


An alliance of Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs and Emergency Managers from the City of Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and Los Altos are currently exploring opportunities for regional efficiencies and enhanced service delivery in the following areas:

  • Virtual Consolidation of Dispatch Services
  • Regionalized Emergency Management
  • Command Training Center (CTC)
  • Fire Prevention
  • Battalion Chief Response
  • Fire and EMS Training
These discussions surround emergency management and training technologies, best practices of emergency planning and achieving greater economies of scale through regionalized service.The speakers will discuss some opportunities to collaborate with DMI and emergency response technologists to define, develop and possible component and system solutions.


Brad Wardle is Chief of the Fire Department in Mountain View. He <span>brings twenty seven years of diverse experience in all areas of the fire service, including firefighter, public safety officer/arson investigator, training officer, station officer, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, and fire chief. Chief Wardle served as Fire Chief of West Jordan City, Utah for six years. He was appointed Mountain View's Fire Chief in April 2010. He is also currently the President of the Santa Clara County Fire Chief's Association. Chief Wardle holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer studies and economics from the University of Utah and an Associate of Arts degree in fire science from Utah Valley State College.Chief Wardle has held leadership and membership positions with the Utah Fire Chiefs Association including serving as its President; the Salt Lake Valley Fire Alliance, and the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Outside of work Chief Wardle enjoys outdoor sports, gardening, studying history and riding his motorcycle.

Kenneth Dueker, J.D., is the Director of Emergency Services for the City of Palo Alto. Dueker joined the Palo Alto Police Department in the 1990s as a Reserve Officer and, later, went full-time, serving in the Field Services Division (Patrol) as well as the Investigative Services Division (Detectives) in general law enforcement as well as special projects, later, reporting directly to the City Manager and to the Chief. Dueker previously was a corporate emergency planner for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) where he developed life safety and disaster recovery contingency plans for the protection of company personnel and facilities. These plans and programs were tested and validated in the Northridge Earthquake of 1994.  Dueker completed graduate school at Harvard University where he earned a doctorate in law (J.D.) from Harvard Law School. He holds an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Pomona College (Claremont Colleges). He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Scott Vermeer was appointed Chief of the Mountain View Police Department on January 2, 2002.  Prior to coming to Mountain View, Chief Vermeer served as the Chief of the Menlo Park Police Department since March 1999. Chief Vermeer began his law enforcement career with the Redwood City Police Department.  While at Redwood City, he was responsible for developing the department’s SWAT and Hostage Negotiation teams and served as the teams’ commander. Chief Vermeer holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from St. Mary’s College in Moraga.   He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  Chief Vermeer gained national attention and received a commendation from the Director of the FBI for his successful investigation of a Redwood City kidnapping for ransom of a child that resulted in the return of the child to his family and the arrest and conviction of the three suspects.