Chief Kessler has been a member of the North Las Vegas Fire Department since 1994. Ray has promoted through the ranks, previously serving as the Assistant Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, Suppression Captain, Administrative Captain and a Firefighter. Chief Kessler has also served as the drill master for a fire cadet academy.
In addition to his duties as the Acting Fire Chief, Ray is an adjunct instructor at the College of Southern Nevada in the Fire and Emergency Services program and is also a member of FEMA - Nevada Task Force 1.
Chief Kessler has earned an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science Management, an Associates of Applied Science in Urban Firefighting from the College of Southern Nevada and a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Chief Kessler is also currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program.
Ray is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Service Instructors and a Retired Associate member of the International Association of Firefighters.