May 25, 2012 – The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2012 annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky May 19-24. Approximately 90 Metro chiefs from Canada, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom, and the United States attended the conference and elected the Section’s 2012-2013 officers and board members.

The officers are: 

  • Chief Stephen Dean of the Mobile Fire Department, Mobile, Alabama, president;
  • Chief G. Keith Bryant of the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, vice president;
  • Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Department, Fulton County, Georgia, secretary; and
  • Chief Ken Block of the Edmonton Fire Department, Edmonton, Alberta, treasurer.

The board members are: 

  • Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr of the Austin Fire Department, Austin, Texas, board member;
  • Chief Michael Grant of the New Haven Fire Department, New Haven, Connecticut, alternate board member;
  • Chief (retired) William “Bill” Stewart of the Toronto Fire Services, Toronto, Ontario, senior board member; and, 
  • Chief (retired) Ned Pettus, Jr. of the Columbus Division of Fire, Columbus, Ohio, immediate past president.

Chief (retired) Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and Chief (retired) Bill McCammon, executive director, East Bay Regional Communications System Authority were co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for their work on the D-Block legislation.

NFPA President & CEO James Shannon, Deputy USFA Administrator Glenn Gaines, IAFC President & Chairman of the Board Al Gillespie, IAFC CEO & Executive Director Mark Light, and Chief Paul Fuller, incoming President of the Chief Fire Officers Association of the United Kingdom addressed the chiefs. A comprehensive education program included presentations ranging from groundbreaking research on fire and EMS, on-going studies on high-rise fire challenges, an update on the National Fire Academy, hoarding issues, the plane crash in Virginia Beach, the IAFC/IAFF Labor-Management Initiative and much more. The chiefs also passed resolutions expressing unanimous support for numerous initiatives, such as the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the IAFC Foundation, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation, firefighter health and safety efforts and more.

The 2013 Metro conference will be hosted by Chief Bob Khan and the Phoenix Fire Department. The conference will be April 5-12 at the Sheraton Hotel.

About the Metropolitan (Metro) Fire Chiefs Association
The Metropolitan (Metro) Fire Chiefs Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues affecting 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 350 fully paid career fire fighters. For more information, contact Metro Executive Secretary, Russ Sanders.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 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. Visit NFPA’s website at
 www.nfpa.org for more information.

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