NFPA cosponsors Harvard University program fellowship for six fire officers

Published on April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 – 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 2011 are:

  • Todd Bower, Deputy Chief, Denver Fire Department, Denver, Colorado
  • Patrick Butler, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles, California
  • Steven Cover, Fire Chief, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Daniel Kistner, Fire Chief, Lufkin Fire Department, Lufkin, Texas
  • John McKearney, Fire Chief, Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Brian Sturdivant, Fire Chief, Milpitas Fire Department, Milpitas, California

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.

“These fellowships present a great opportunity for fire service leaders, and NFPA is pleased to co-sponsor them,” 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. “I have been through the program myself, and so I know that the learning experience provided by this program will greatly enhance the leadership skills of these officials.”

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