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John Martell is a retired Firefighter Paramedic from the Portland Fire Department. John started his professional career with the Saco Fire Department in 1991 and joined Portland in 1993. His last assignment was in the Fire Prevention Bureau. John is an Air Force Veteran (1968-1972) and served on Portland Local 740’s executive board, public relations committee, Legislative committee and had been active in union business during his entire career.
John became involved with the PFFM in 2004 helping coordinate the organizations campaign to defeat the Palesky Tax Cap proposal and also the TABOR initiatives in 2006 and 2009. He has served as 2 ndDistrict Vice President of the PFFM and was elected President in January of 2008. John is also an IAFF Service Representative and has been a member of the IAFF Rules of Order Committee, the Election Committee and NFPA Regional Fire Code Development Committee.
John and his wife Peggy have been married for 31 years and live in the town of Harpswell. They have two daughters, Simone, who lives in Massachusetts and Jane, who lives in Maine.
Term Expires: January 2020
David Bickford became a member of the Bangor Fire Department on April 15, 1974. He has been a member of the IAFF since May 11, 1974. He was promoted to Lieutenant on January 31.1989 and has retired after 34 years in the fire service. David has served in various positions in his Local. He served on the Executive Board from 1979 to 1981; as Treasurer from 1981 to 1983; as Vice President from 1984 to 1985 and as President from 1986 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 2004. David has also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the PFFM from 1993 to present. He is married to the worlds most understanding and patient wife, Ruby, who knows about negotiations, By-laws, taxes, tactics and other Union intricacies as much as David does. When not doing union activities, David and Ruby can be found relaxing around Penobscot Bay on "Fire Escape" or up in the "County" sledding.
Term Expires: January 2021
Gerry is a Lieutenant with the City of Sanford Fire Department. Gerry started his career with the Sanford Fire Department in 1982. Gerry has served several capacities within IAFF Local 1624 Executive Board, and served 16 terms as local president from 1996 to 2013. He also served as the State President from 2004 to 2007. He currently serves as a Governors appointment on the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission since 2004, Advisory Board Member for the Maine Fire Training Institute since 2000. Gerry is serving his 3rd, 2 year term as the 1st District Vice President.
Gerry and his wife Linda live in the City of Sanford. When not traveling, Gerry enjoys Fly fishing, hunting and training his German Shorthair Pointer, Molly and his 6 Grand Children keep him busy
Stephen Simonson began his career with the City of South Portland Fire Dept. in October of 2003 following in his father’s footsteps and is currently assigned to Shift 3 at Central Station. After serving as the Treasurer and Vice-President, Steve was elected in January of 2016 to serve as President of Local 1476 and again by acclimation in January of 2018 to serve another 2 year term. First elected as the 2nd District Vice President in April 2018 after a special election to finish out a vacated term, Steve was re-elected in October 2018 to his first full term as 2nd DVP.
Stephen lives in the town of Windham with his wife Jennifer and their two beautiful daughters, Sophie and Mollie. For the past 25 plus years, Steve has been installing and repairing flagpoles for a local flag company all over the state of Maine and New England.
Michael Scott joined the Auburn Fire Department in 1996. He is currently a Captain/EMT assigned to Engine 3 on “C” Platoon.
Mike has served his union, IAFF Local 797, for the last eighteen years either as President or Vice-President. He currently is the President of his local. He has been the Professional Firefighters of Maine’s 3rd District Vice President since 2006
Mike and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 23 years and live in Auburn. They have two wonderful daughters, Mikaela and Madisyn.
Ronald Green Jr. was Fire Fighter/EMT with the City of Bangor Fire Dept. for 27 years and retired in 2017.
Ronnie was active in his union most of his career, serving on numerous committees as well as Executive Board Chairman, Grievance Chairman, Treasurer, and is a past President of Local #772 and a Vice President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine.
Ronnie continues to live in the town of Plymouth with wife Emily. He is a proud Grampy of 4 grandchildren.
Term Expires: January 2019
Michael is a retired Federal Firefighter and EMT from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was elected to six  terms as the IAFF's 16th District National Vice-President representing the interests of the IAFF's Federal Firefighters throughout the United States and Canada. In September 2000 IAFF's General President Harold A. Schaitberger appointed Michael to server as his Chief of Staff in Washington, DC. In that capacity, Michael assisted our General President in implementing his vision for the IAFF and he administered the day-to-day operations of the IAFF. In May 2007 Michael decided to return to Maine to focus on his family and retired as IAFF's Chief of Staff. In June 2007, General President Schaitberger appointed Michael to serve as the National Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Fighters Motorcycle Group and also as an IAFF Service Representative. In 2002 the Delegates gathered at the IAFF Convention unanimously voted to make Michael the 1st IAFF 16th District Vice-President Emeritus.
In October 2007 Michael was elected by acclamation to serve as the PFFM's 1st District Vice-President and he served in that position until January 2014 when he was appointed to serve as the PFFM's Director of the Organizing & Field Services Program.