May 2, 2012 – Four 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 2011 are:

  • Claude Beauchamp, Director of Operations, Quebec National Fire Academy, Quebec, Canada
  • Martha Ellis, Division Chief, Salt Lake City Fire Department, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Matthew James Fratus, Fire Chief, City of Rialto California Fire Department, Rialto, California
  • Bertral Washington, Fire Chief, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

The three-week program will focus on ensuring that public officials are well-equipped to be effective public leaders, through learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Recipients of these fellowships will attend the program this summer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge, Mass.

“NFPA is pleased to support the continued professional development of members of the fire service by co-sponsoring their participation in this Harvard University program,” said Chief Russ Sanders, NFPA’s central regional director, executive secretary of the Metropolitan “Metro” Chiefs Association, and NFPA’s representative on the selection committee. “As a former participant in the program, I fully understand the tremendous benefits this unique leaning experience offers to help professionals develop skills that enhance leadership abilities and ultimately influence change.”

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