Neil Cameron
Principal Consultant

Neil Cameron


Bachelor of Science – Silver Lake College


About Neil

Neil has over 30 years of extensive experience in nearly every facet of fire service delivery and management. He has served in the positions of firefighter, fire inspector, battalion chief/training officer, and deputy chief. Neil served as fire chief for more than eleven years in Appleton, Wisconsin. He served as the interim fire chief of both combination and volunteer departments that deliver fire and EMS services in northeastern Wisconsin. In that role, Neil assessed the opportunities for cooperation and potential consolidation with neighboring communities and negotiated a service consolidation that reduced costs and increased service capacity for both communities. Neil has also served as an interim village administrator, an assessor for the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, and most recently as the Principal Advisor Fire Risk Management Region 5 for Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Neil has experience in assessing community emergency response needs and developing plans to address those needs cost-effectively. As a consultant, he has studied opportunities for enhanced efficiency and effective service delivery for fire departments in the cities of Edina, Minnesota; Troy, Ohio; Harrisburg, Hazleton, and Reading, Pennsylvania; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Beavercreek, Clearcreek, and Washington Township, Ohio; and the towns of Lisbon and Sussex, Wisconsin.

During his tenure as Appleton’s fire chief, Neil led the development of a successful plan that saved capital expenditures while upgrading almost 50 percent of the department’s emergency response apparatus. While undertaking site selection for a new fire station, he initiated discussions with the local school district and parks department that ultimately led to reducing land acquisition needs as well as the capital cost for the project. He also initiated joint training opportunities with adjacent volunteer departments.

Neil successfully developed a joint hazardous materials response team with partner communities to provide comprehensive and effective regional hazardous material response throughout nineteen counties in northeastern Wisconsin. He has experience in negotiating mutual aid agreements and led a group of municipal fire chiefs in developing a joint regional response team to address technical rescue needs.

The governor of Wisconsin appointed Neil to serve as the fire service representative on the Statewide Interoperability Council for the State of Wisconsin. He has experience in the fire service, both in the United States and abroad.