2023 Arizona
Fire School


September 6-10, 2023



Mesa Convention Center  /  263 N Center Street, Mesa AZ  85201       Convention Center Property Map

Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa / 200 North Centennial Way, Mesa AZ  85201

Meet our 2023 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kane Nixon is an up-and-coming thought leader who helps public and private industry leaders improve their work cultures by building employee resilience. Kane travels around the United States, speaking about ethics, leadership, and wellness. Kane is the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards, Health, Safety, and Wellness for the Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (AFMA). Kane has been in the fire service since 2001 and with AFMA since 2006. Kane is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Health and Safety Officer, Threat Liaison Officer, certified personal trainer, and behavioral change specialist. Kane is an Adjunct Faculty member at Northern Arizona University and the Director of Firefighter Fitness and Conditioning at Glendale Community College. Kane holds three associate degrees, a bachelor’s degree in emergency management and public Administration, a master’s degree in educational psychology, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all from Northern Arizona University.

Kane has a passion for serving others and does so as the Chair of the Scholars Panel of Science to the Station, aka The Science Alliance: a community of scientists, health care, and fire service professionals dedicated to providing critical information needed to improve the safety and health of firefighters and other first responders. Kane has extensive experience in not-for-profit and labor management, serving as the founder and President of the North County Firefighters’ Charities for five years and the Arizona State Director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, and has held multiple Labor Officer roles with IAFF Local 3573.; Kane is currently an Arizona State Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Everyone Goes Home Program, District Representative for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, and regularly volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Kane’s mission is to live a purpose-driven life that inspires and empowers others to reach their fullest potential. Through continuous learning, empathy, and compassionate action, Kane strives to make a positive impact on the fire service and the world around him.

Dr. Kane Nixon, Ed. D. 
Deputy Chief, Arizona Fire & Medical Authority