Metro Chiefs meet in Virginia Beach

Published on May 9, 2008
Metro Chiefs meet in Virginia Beach

May 9, 2008The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2008 annual conference in Virginia Beach, VirginiaApril 25-30. Approximately 150 Metro chiefs from Canada, China, the United Kingdom, and the United Statesattended the conference and elected the Section’s 2008-2009 officers and board members.

The new officers are: Chief William “Bill” Stewart of the Toronto Fire Services, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, president; Chief William "Shorty" Bryson of the Miami, Florida Fire Rescue, vice president; Chief Robert “Bob” Hendricks of the Lexington, Kentucky Division of Fire & Emergency Services, secretary; and, Chief Greg Frederick of the Louisville, KentuckyFire & Rescue, treasurer.

The new board members are: Chief Douglas Barry of the Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles, California, board member; Chief (retired) Doug Ratto of the Stockton, California Fire Department, senior board member; Chief Manuel “Manny” Navarro of the Colorado Springs, Colorado Fire Department, alternate board member; and, Chief Keith Richter of the Contra Costa County, California Fire Department, immediate past president.

The Metro Chiefs bestowed the following 2008 Metro Awards: Chief William “Shorty” Bryson of the Miami, Florida Fire Rescue was named Fire Chief of the Year, and Chief (retired) Charlie Dickinson of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bureau of Fire and former Deputy USFA Administrator received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Metro Chiefs also created a committee to monitor and have input into future selection processes for the positions of United States Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrators. Resolutions were also passed expressing unanimous support for numerous initiatives, such as the Coalition for Fire-safe Cigarettes, residential sprinklers, firefighter health and safety efforts and more.

The 2009 Metro conference will be hosted by Chief Randy Wolsey and the Edmonton Fire Department, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.The conference will be June 21 through June 25 at the Fantasyland Hotel.

The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association  brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S.and abroad. Its members belong to the IAFC and NFPA and are the fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 400 fully paid career fire fighters. For more information, contact Metro Executive Secretary, Russ Sanders.  

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.