Nevada Division of Emergency Management / Homeland Security Administrator

David W. Fogerson

David W. Fogerson was appointed in November 2020, as the Chief of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security (DEM), within the Department of Public Safety. Prior to his DEM appointment, David had 31years in public safety before retiring from East Fork Fire Protection District. As the Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Manager, David managed Operations, Training and Safety and led 69 individuals to serve the fire and safety needs of the Douglas County community. In this role, David developed strong relationships with personnel in IT, communications, dispatch, healthcare facilities and emergency management to strengthen and implement the mission of the Quad Counties (Carson, Douglas, Lyon and Storey). During his tenure, David led response, recovery and mitigation measures for wildland fires, flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. He is an advocate of education, training and exercise and has been an instructor with the state for several years.

David is a graduate of the American Public University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also obtained certification through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association (NEPA) as a Certified Emergency Manager. David contributes his success to professional dedication, relationships, stewardship, meta-leadership and developing future leaders. David lives with his family in Minden, south of Nevada’s capital, Carson City.

Our Mission

Coordinating the prevention, protection, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs and resources through partnerships to build resilient communities for Nevada’s residents and visitors.

Our Values
  • Stewardship: I am not here for me, I am here for Us, and We are here for Them.  
  • Integrity: Doing the right thing when no one is looking.  
  • Innovation: Finding a way to say Yes!  
  • Collaboration: We work with our partners for a better outcome.  
  • Teamwork: We all pull our weight together but subordinate our personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole. 

Our Goals
  •  Actively cultivate a diverse and professional emergency management workforce who embodies integrity, collaboration, and innovation.  
  •  Strengthen Nevada by supporting the development and improvement of capabilities, capacities, and communications.  
  •  Lead and coordinate the equitable delivery of emergency management resources and services to the whole community.