South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Advisory Board

Under state law 34-29B-19, a State Fire Marshal's Advisory Board was established with five members to help oversee, guide and coordinate initiatives in South Dakota. These initiatives can include fire safety measures, training efforts, planning efforts and fire department grant programs.


Advisory Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor and represent firefighters, fire equipment industry and fire insurance underwriters. Not all members may be members of the same political party.

Michael J. Roemmich – Aberdeen Fire and Rescue

Michael currently resides in Aberdeen as a career Lieutenant with Aberdeen Fire and Rescue. After starting as a volunteer firefighter, Michael gained experience across the state in Piedmont, Pierre and Aberdeen. Since moving to Aberdeen, Michael has expanded his knowledge and job experience to include USAR Tech with the SD Task Force, Certified Rope Rescue Instructor, Certified Ice Rescue Instructor, SD State Driver Operator and Rescue Tech, Hazmat Tech, Specialist and IC. He also holds a position on the board of the South Dakota Fire Instructors Society.


Mike Harstad – Rosenbauer America

Mike is the Aerial Products Manager for Rosenbauer America in Lyons, SD. He has worked held positions ranging from Director of Marketing to Production Coordinator. Mike has been a member of the fire service in South Dakota since 1992, currently serving as the Fire Chief for the Crooks Volunteer Fire Department and as the President of the Minnehaha County Fire Chief’s Association.


Jim Strain – Wildland Fire Suppression

Jim started his career in the fire service in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter for the SD Game Fish and Parks Department. He currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Division of Wildland Fire Suppression within the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Jim graduated from the University of Montana and has completed the Executive Fire Officer Training Program through the National Fire Academy.  Jim currently serves as Assistant Chief on the Fairburn Volunteer Fire Department in Custer County.


Rick Gustad – Platte Fire Department

Rick has been Fire Chief for the City of Platte since 2004. Rick became the Mayor for the City of Platte in 2008 and still serves in that capacity today. He serves as an IMAT Team Member with the SD OEM, Board Member SD Firefighters Association and Board Member on the South Dakota Fire Chiefs Association. Rick works at B&L Communications as an electronics technician doing engineering, repair and installation of public safety communications equipment.


Brian Bowker – Northwest GF Mutual Insurance Company

As President and CEO, Brian has been in the insurance industry since 1985, holding positions ranging from Claims and Underwriting Supervisor to Vice President of Dakota Fire Insurance and Executive Vice President of the Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota. Brian has a BS degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of North Dakota and holds the professional designations of CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), AU (Associate in Underwriting) and CCLA (Casualty Claims Law Associate).


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