Warren E. Isman Educational Grant

NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Scholarship Program ON HOLD

NFPA believes that timing is propitious for us to take a closer look at the overall process and to review and revamp the program in a way to make it more robust, increasing awareness and participation. We have decided to put the 2015 NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Scholarship Program ON HOLD while we evaluate. Our intent is to launch a new and improved program of support in the future. We will continue to keep you informed on the status of the program.

There will be a minimum of one $5,000 (USD) grant for one hazardous materials response team (maximum of five members) to register for specialized training at one national hazardous materials conference each year.

Any established hazardous materials incident response team from a fire department, police department or other public-funded program may apply. Preference will be given to teams which demonstrate:

  1. Leadership qualities.
  2. Communication abilities.
  3. Training to the levels outlined in NFPA 472, Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, and NFPA 473, Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents.

A team must submit a letter and completed application to the committee addressing the qualifications noted above and stating their achievements in these areas. The letter should include the names of all team members and information on the conference they wish to attend.

About Chief Isman
The grant was initiated by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) following Warren's untimely death in 1991. Following the establishment of the NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund, the IAFC asked the NFPA to assume administrative responsibilities in 1993. As a leader in the fire service, Warren developed innovative solutions to the difficult problem facing the modern fire department. He always sought training and education, and then shared his knowledge with others. This grant has been established so that his love for sharing information and the free exchange of innovative ideas can continue.

Chief Isman was born in New York City on March 22, 1938 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from City College of New York. In 1961, he joined the Long Beach, NY Volunteer Fire Department. When he relocated to the Washington, DC area in 1966, he joined the Rockville, MD Volunteer Fire Department.

Chief Isman served for several years as a Senior Instructor for the University of Maryland Fire Service Extension Program. In 1972, he joined the newly formed Montgomery County, MD Department of Fire and Rescue Services as Training Captain. He eventually rose through the ranks to Chief of the Department. In 1983, he moved across the river to Fairfax County, VA to take over the position of Fire Chief.

A noted author and lecturer, Chief Isman wrote three textbooks and numerous articles on subjects from pumps and hydraulics to incident command. He served as a contributing editor of Fire Command and NFPA Journal with regular articles on hazardous materials. Chief Isman was generous in volunteering his time and talent. He served as Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel. He also served as Chair of the IAFC Committee on Hazardous Materials and held a number of offices on the IAFC Board of Directors, including President during 1987-88.

About the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
Since the founding of NFPA in 1896, numerous individuals have taken up its cause of fire safety, and exemplified the spirit of volunteerism. These dedicated fire safety professionals often contributed far beyond the norm because they personally believed in the protection of people, property and the environment from the effects of fire and related hazards.

The NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund was established in 1992 following the death of John Jablonsky, chair of the Standards Council, former member of the NFPA Board of Directors, and a respected advocate for life and fire safety. Because of his longtime dedication to the NFPA and the cause of fire safety, Mr. Jablonsky was the first person in whose memory donations to the fund were made. The Memorial Fund is administered by a committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors.

Scholarships/Gifts for the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
When sufficient funds are donated in the name of an individual to be honored, the NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee will seek to establish an appropriate scholarship or gift that recognizes the contributions of that person.

NFPA welcomes all contributions to the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund, whether to honor a friend or family member or to commemorate one of life's milestones. Contributions are tax-deductible. Applications, contributions, and requests for information may be sent to:

Maureen Seastrand, Staff Liaison
NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471
Tel: +1 617 984-7244
Fax: +1 617 984-7110


2014 -  Shelbyville Fire Department, Shelbyville, KY
2013 - Austin Fire Department, Austin, TX
- Salina Fire Department, Salina, Kansas
- Western Wayne County Hazard Materials Response Team, Detroit, MI.
- Chautauqua County Hazardous Materials Response Team, New York
- Champaign Fire Department, Champaign, IL
- Madison Fire Department, Madison, WI
- Watertown Fire Department Hazard Materials Team, Watertown, New York
- Olive Branch Fire Department, Olive Branch, MS
- Cleveland Fire Department Haz-Mat Team, Cleveland, OH
- Seattle Hazmat Response Team, Seattle, WA
- Toronto Fire Services HazMat Team, Toronto, Canada
– Henrico County HazMat Team, Richmond, VA
– Newport News Fire Department Regional HazMat Team, Newport News, VA
– Lancaster County HazMat Environmental Rescue Team, Lancaster, PA
– Southtown Haz Mat Emergency Response Team, Hamburg, NY
– Jefferson County EMS Disaster Response Team, Lancaster, KY
– State of Wisconsin Regional Response Team Network, Madison, WI
– Corona Fire Department HazMat Team, Corona, CA