NFPA cosponsors Harvard University program fellowship for six fire officers

Published on April 8, 2010
April 8, 2010 – Six senior fire officials were awarded fellowships co-sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

The NFPA annually partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) to provide fellowships to the Harvard Program.

The awardees for 2010 are:

  • Eugene Campbell, Assistant Chief, City of Dallas Texas Fire Department, Dallas, Texas
  • Otto Drozd, Fire Chief, City of El Paso Fire Department, El Paso, Texas
  • Joanne Hayes-White, Fire Chief, City of San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco, California
  • Ken Miller, Medical Director, Orange County California Fire Department, Orange County, California
  • Robert Simonds, Fire Chief, City of Saint John Fire Department, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Randall Talifarro, Fire Chief, East Lansing Fire Department, East Lansing, Michigan

The recipients will attend the three-week program this summer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge, Mass.

The program focuses on ensuring that public officials are well equipped to be effective public leaders through inside and outside classroom learning experiences.

“The NFPA is pleased to co-sponsor fellowships that allow fire service leaders to have this great opportunity,” said Chief Russ Sanders, NFPA’s central regional manager, executive secretary of the Metropolitan “Metro” Chiefs Association, and NFPA’s representative on the selection committee. “Having been through the program myself, I know that this is a very valuable learning experience that will only work to enhance the leadership skills of the recipients.”

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.

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