First Arriving Selected to Lead Business and Administrative Operations for the Pro Board

Richmond, Va. (Jan 17, 2022) – First Arriving, a leader in providing marketing, management services and technology for the public safety and local government sectors, today announced that it will manage business operations for the Pro Board®.

The Pro Board is a leader in accrediting public sector organizations that certify emergency services responders.

For nearly 30 years, the Pro Board’s operations were managed by its executive secretary and treasurer, Tony O’Neill. O’Neill, who will retire in early 2022, made significant contributions to the organization’s management and growth and led the organization into this new phase.

Upon announcing his retirement, the Pro Board embarked on a search to transition its operations to a highly-capable management services company.

In this new role, First Arriving will coordinate with accreditation, reaccreditation and site visit teams and will manage its day to day business operations.

“As we move into this new chapter of organizational growth, we are thrilled to be partnering with First Arriving to oversee our business operations,” said M. H. Jim Estepp, Chairman of the Board, the Pro Board. “First Arriving’s deep knowledge of the fire service, diverse expertise and proven leadership make them the perfect partner for the Pro Board.”

“Pro Board is already the premier accreditation organization in the fire service and we look forward to partnering to propel their operations and brand to the next level,” said Dave Iannone, CEO, First Arriving. “Our passion for and experience in the fire service will impact the organization’s ability to provide best-in-class service to firefighters across the country.”

With nearly 80 accredited entities worldwide, the Pro Board has established an internationally recognized means of acknowledging professional achievement in the fire service and related fields.

The accreditation of agencies that certify uniform members of public fire departments, both  career and volunteer.

About The Pro Board
Established in 1972, the Pro Board is the original fire service system for the accreditation of agencies that certify candidates to the various disciplines and levels identified in the NFPA Professional Qualification series of standards.. For more information, visit