Doug Mummert is a “baby-boomer” born in Hollywood, California. He attended Phoenix College and Grand Canyon University. Following a tour in the U.S. military, he joined the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department, where he retired in 2015 as a Chief. He was a founding member of the department’s All Hazards Incident Management Team, an original member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Team for Arizona. Mummert also served on the FEMA USAR National Incident Support Team as a Public Information Officer (PIO) and has also served as a PIO for his department. He was the long-time host and producer of Phoenix Fire’s weekly radio program, Valley Watch, which airs on several Arizona radio stations in cooperation with Bonneville Broadcasting, on KTAR AM & FM, as well as KPKX FM. He is also a Public Safety & Media/PR advocate & consultant.
Mummert’s odyssey into television production took off in the early 90’s when he started a production communications business in his “spare time.” Some of his clients included General Motors, The US Army, Kraft Foods, and many well-known TV and film production companies. In 1994, he moved into the realm of producing, writing, directing, shooting, and editing. This all began with creating safety and training videos for the Phoenix Fire Department. In 1997, he took over the job as managing director of the Phoenix Fire Television Network. With the help of many, he created the program, Phoenix Fire Works in 1998, which would ultimately fill a void in educating and informing the public about topical Fire Department related issues. Thanks to an excellent collaborating production team, this program has won critical acclaim and has won or been nominated for many major awards, including the Rocky Mountain Emmy.
In 2001 he was elected to the Board of Governors for the Rocky Mountain/Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). From 2006 to 2010 he was the Alternate National Trustee for the chapter and National Trustee from 2011 to 2014, and from 2017 to present. Doug is honored to serve as the Chair of The NATAS Foundation as well as the new foundation for his region.
He is a past or present member of the Arizona Production Association, International Television Association (ITVA), National Information Officers Association (NIOA), and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
In service to his local community, he is the Chairman and President of the Phoenix Fire Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Phoenix Fire Department. Doug also enjoys serving on the boards for Arizona Search Dogs and the March of Dimes in Arizona.
He enjoys spending time with family & friends along with dabbling in travel, social media and many other charitable/community causes, as time permits.