NFPAs Russ Sanders honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Metro Fire Chiefs Association

Published on July 9, 2009
NFPA’s Russ Sanders honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association

July 9, 2009 – Russ Sanders, a regional manager with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), was honored with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association. The award recognizes Sanders for his history of accomplishments, contributions to the Metro Chiefs Association, significant contributions to fire safety, and demonstrated leadership. 

Sanders is the executive secretary of NFPA's  Metro Chiefs Association.  As NFPA’s regional manager for the central area, he represents NFPA in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. He also serves as the president of the United States delegation to the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services, an organization representing 52 countries. Prior to joining NFPA, he was the fire chief of the Louisville Fire Department, Louisville, Ky.

The Metro Chiefs is a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and NFPA. Awards were presented at its 2009 annual conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 21-26, an event attended by approximately 80 Metro chiefs from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Past recipients of the Metro Chiefs Lifetime Achievement Award include the following chiefs:  Bill McCrossen, New Orleans, La. (2001); Alan Brunacini, Phoenix, Ariz. (2002); Dave Paulison, Miami, Fla. (2003); Dodd Miller, Dallas, Tex. (2004); Warren McDaniels, New Orleans, La. (2005); Herman Brice, Palm Beach County, Fla. (2006); Dennis Compton, Mesa, Ariz. (2007); and Charlie Dickinson, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2008).

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The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs 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 firefighters. 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.

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