January 22, 2009 – The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has selected the Champaign Fire Department’s hazardous materials response team from Illinois as the recipient of the 2009 Warren E. Isman Grant.
“The 2009 recipient has displayed a firm commitment to hazmat safety, not only in their community, but surrounding communities. With over 20 years of experience, they have become the “go to team” for information and training ideas. We are very pleased to provide the Champaign Fire Department with this grant and look forward to hearing about their experiences,” said Ken Isman, chair of the Warren E. Isman Task Force, a subcommittee of the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee and son of the late Chief Warren Isman.
The $5000 grant is available to any established incident response team from a fire department, police department or other public-funded program. Qualified applicants are evaluated on leadership qualities, communication abilities, and must have been trained in accordance with NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, and NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents. The closing date for 2010 applications is September 15, 2009.
Award recipients select a conference where they can attend specialized hazardous materials training and education sessions. The selected team has the opportunity to gain knowledge and enhance their ability to excel in this specialized field. Funds from the 2009 Isman Grant will make it possible for five members of the Champaign Fire Department Hazmat Team to attend the 2009 Mid-West Hazardous Materials Response Conference in Northbrook, Ill. in May 2009. The Champaign Hazmat Response Team is a designate for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and also provides hazmat response to all of Champaign and portions of Ford, Piatt, and Douglas counties upon request.
Established by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) following Isman’s death in 1991, the grant is named in honor of a man who was known to value training and education. He was the former fire chief in Fairfax County, Virginia, a senior instructor for the University of Maryland Fire Service Extension Program, and author of three fire-related textbooks. Isman served on the IAFC board of directors and was chair of both NFPA’s Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel and IAFC’s Committee on Hazardous Materials. NFPA’s Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund was established in 1992. Upon request of IAFC, NFPA assumed administrative responsibilities of the Isman Grant in 1993.
To make a contribution to the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund or for more information regarding the application process, visit NFPA’s Web site, or contact Christine Ellis at +1 617 984-7244.
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