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North Dakota Firefighter's Association

Executive Board

NDFA President

Jonathan Hildremyr, Bismarck Fire Dept.

Jon Hildremyr started in the fire service while in Junior High School in the Fire Explorer Scouts with the Richland Fire Department, Richland WA. In 1999 Jon started with the Larimore Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a Captain and Training Officer.  While in Larimore Jon also served on the Larimore Ambulance & Rescue Squads and spent five years as a Patrolman for the Larimore Police Department.
In 2005 Jon accepted a position as a Firefighter with the Bismarck Fire Department and in 2013 was promoted to the position of Captain.  He now lives in Bismarck with his wife Mindy and daughters McKenzie and Addyson and son Brayden.  
Jon also spent nine years in ND National Guard, five years in the Army and the last four in the Air Guard as a Firefighter.  Jon has multiple certifications under IFSTA and IFSAC, is an Instructor in multiple areas of the fire service, and is a Certification Tester for the NDFA.  Jon served as the South West Regional Trustee from 2010 – 2014, and 2nd Vice President from 2014 to 2015.


NDFA 1st Vice-President

Dale Trosen

Dale Trosen, Larimore Fire Dept.

My name is Dale Trosen and have served the Larimore Volunteer Fire Department for many years, joining in 1979. Over the years I have served in many of the offices in the department. 
I have worked in the Agriculture industry my whole career.

Currently I am working for Agassiz Sales, Buxton ND.  They specialize in drain tile instillation, but are expanding in the Ag Machinery business.
I have always been involved in the community.  I served many years on the City Council and Mayor for the City of Larimore.
My wife Jan and I enjoy spending every moment we can with our five grand kids, McKinzie, Bailey, Addyson, Braydon, and Karter, and their parents Mindy and Jon, Kara and Nick.
I have enjoyed working for you on the executive board and am looking forward to working hard to keep advancing firefighting and the NDFA in the state of North Dakota.


NDFA 2nd Vice-President


David Lautt, Harvey Fire Dept.


David Lautt has been a member of the Harvey Fire Department for 25 years. In that time, he has been an assistant chief for nine years and has served as chief for the past 2 ½ years. His time as chief has provided many challenging opportunities to their department. In 2015, the Harvey Fire Department responded to 100 calls of a wide variety ranging from grass fires, house fires and an apartment fire to vehicle accidents and a CP Rail train derailment involving six burning cars. The Harvey Department, along with the Fessenden department, received national recognition for their efforts in dealing with the major event. HFD really appreciates our mutual aid neighbors and enjoy working with them. David is a certified firefighter through the Firefighter 1 and 2 programs, auto extrication certification, big rig certification, grain bin certification, and has completed many ISC and NIMS courses, and has been a regular at state fire school. He is a major supporter of the local junior firefighter program.

David is owner-operator of Lautt’s Feed & Rental Center in Harvey. He has raised bison for nearly 25 years. He is no stranger to associations and committees. He has served as the president of the North Dakota Buffalo Association, church council, the local food pantry, and Wells County soil conservation district. He is currently serving as a board member of Dakota Territory Buffalo Association based in Rapid City.

David is married to Diana. They have three children – Wyatt, McKenzie and Olivia. Wyatt and McKenzie will be attending college this fall while Olivia starts high school. The family enjoys traveling, camping and sporting events. A major family event was a mission trip to Uganda last summer.


NDFA Secretary/Treasurer

Al Klein

Allan Klein, Bismarck Rural Fire Dept.

Allan Klein has been Secretary/Treasurer of the NDFA since 1997. He served as NDFA President in 1985. He is Certified FF II, 2008 Allan Klein has been Secretary/Treasurer of the NDFA since 1997.  He served as NDFA President in 1985.  He is Certified FF II, 2008 Standard, State Certification Tester, Fire Instructor I & II.  Allan is a director to the National Volunteer Fire Council for the state of North Dakota.  He started his fire career as a volunteer on the McClusky Fire Department in 1976, joined the Mandan Rural Fire Department in 1997 and then became the first career Chief of the Bismarck Rural Fire Department in 2005.  He retired from that position in 2016 and has become a full time grandfather to his 15 grandchildren.

NDFA NW Trustee

Jason Babinchak, Minot Fire Dept.

Jason Babinchak is the new Northwest Trustee for the NDFA. He has been involved with fire service for 19 years. He is currently a Captain with the Minot Fire Department, and also volunteers on Carpio and Burlington Fire Departments. He is FF1 certified and fire instructor 1 and 2 certified. He teaches CTBS, Auto X, Thermal Imaging, and Class "A" Live Fire for NDFA. 

Jason is married to his wife Sarah and currently has two sons. They make their home in Carpio. He likes to hunt and work with his dog in his free time.


NDFA NE Trustee

David Schneibel, Rugby Fire Dept.

David started his career in the fire service joining the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department in 2004.  Since that time David has held many positions including Training Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, and is currently serving his 4th term as Chief.

David is certified FFII, Instructor I, and Auto Extrication through the NDFA.   He has also completed many other training certificates in NIMS/ICS, EVOC, and Hazmat Ops.   He currently is instructing Auto Extrication for the NDFA and assists where needed for other classes.

David resides in Rugby with his wife Nicole and five boys:  DJ, Cole, Brody, Austin, and Zackary.

NDFA SE Trustee


Paul Bensch, Jamestown Rural Fire Dept.


Hello; for those who might not be aware, my name is Paul Bensch and I am excited to serve as the new Southeast Regional Trustee. I am currently serving as the Assistant Training Officer with the Jamestown Rural Fire Department. I have been in the fire service for 15 years now, and with the JRFD since 2012. Prior to that I was a volunteer with the Jamestown Fire Department. During my 15 years in the fire service I have spent 12 of those helping instruct firefighters in preparing for the NDFA certification test.

State Fire School in February will mark the fifth time I have had the pleasure to be an instructor at the North Dakota State Fire School. I have my NDFA Certified Firefighter I/II, Instructor I, Auto Extrication Certification and have an Emergency Medical Responder Certification.

There are many classes that fire departments can have brought to their departments free of charge because they are grant sponsored. Please contact me with any training that you would like to bring to your department. I look forward to working with the Southeast departments to secure the training they need.

NDFA SW Trustee

Curtis Freeman, Dickinson Fire Dept.

Curtis Freeman entered the fire service profession with the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department on October 2000. Serving in a variety of roles within the department he currently holds the position of Assistant Fire Chief.  He is a Certified FFII, a Fire Instructor I, NREMT and CPR Instructor.  Curtis is a past member of the Certification Advisory Committee and is currently a Certification Tester and the Southwest Region Trustee for the NDFA.  He serves on the ND LAST team and is a Courage to be Safe Facilitator for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  Curtis actively instructs various topics at regional fire trainings and State Fire School.

Curtis and his wife Reshell live on a small hobby farm south of Dickinson with their three children.  He is employed at KLJ as a Project Manager/CAD Supervisor and does some GIS work.  Being an active member of the community he serves at his church, EBC, and on the New England Ambulance District Board.  He is also involved in the Theodore Roosevelt Amateur Radio Club and helps at the local ambulance services. Curtis enjoys hanging out with his family, hunting, shooting and riding bike in his spare time.


NDFA Training Director

Rob Knuth

Robert Knuth, Minot Rural Fire Dept.

Rob Knuth has been in the Fire Service since 2000. He is currently an Assistant Chief with the Minot Rural Fire Department. Rob spent 21 years in the United State Air Force. While on active duty he received his Bachelors degree from the University of Southern Illinois in Work Force Education and Training. He is currently the Training Director for the North Dakota Firefighter's Association. He is a Certified FFII, 2013 Standard, State Certification Tester, State Auto Extrication Instructor, and Fire Instructor I.

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NDFA Office Assistant

Julie Geltel

Julie Geltel

Julie Geltel has been an Office Assistant with the North Dakota Firefighter’s Association since 1999. As an honorary member of the Bismarck Rural Fire Department, Julie attends trainings and events to further her knowledge of the Fire Service.  In March of 2011 as a testament to her dedication she successfully passed the test and earned her State Certification as a Firefighter I, under the 2008 standard.


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