Fire Chiefs endorse position papers on warehouse fires, FireCARES and N-FORS

September 10, 2015 – Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) in Quincy, Mass. September 3-5, 2015. United States Fire Administration (USFA) Administrator Chief Ernest Mitchell, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) CEO and Executive Director Chief Mark Light, United Kingdom Chief Fire & Rescue Advisor CFO Peter Holland, and Chief Fire Officer of the United Kingdom (CFOA) incoming President Paul Hancock also participated and offered presentations.

The group endorsed the following three important documents as official UFF-Metro Chiefs position papers:

“To meet the challenges fire fighters face today, fire chiefs must understand and embrace the latest research and have access to quality and timely data in order to prepare members of their departments for the broad range of emergencies and catastrophic events that have become commonplace in the United States and throughout the world,” said NFPA Metro Chiefs Executive Secretary Russ Sanders and coordinator of the event. “These position papers are critical resources for departments to use to apply the latest fire research and implement best practices for usual and extraordinary circumstances.”

According to Sanders, the Urban Fire Forum brings together fire chiefs who are responsible for protecting some of the largest urban centers in the world. The program objectives are to provide the chiefs an opportunity to learn from their peers and expert speakers, and for NFPA to stay abreast of current trends and needs in the fire service. As part of the overall mission of the UFF, chief officers share UFF position papers and associated information with fire officers from all over the world.

The officers of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) Executive Board make up the core group of the UFF. These chiefs are joined by a select group of at-large Metro Chiefs.

This year’s participating chiefs and guests were:

  • Chief William “Shorty” Bryson – Miami Fire Rescue (retired), Miami, Fla.
  • Chief Jim Critchley – Tucson Fire Department, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Chief Teresa Deloach Reed – Oakland Fire Department, Oakland, Calif.
  • Chief David Downey – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami, Fla.
  • Chief Otto Drozd – Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Orlando, Fla.
  • Chief Larry Few – Fulton County Fire and Rescue, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Commissioner Joe Finn – Boston Fire Department, Boston, Mass.
  • Chief Niles Ford – Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore, Md.
  • CFO Paul Hancock – Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, Cheshire, England
  • Chief Rudy Jackson – Fort Worth Fire Department, Fort Worth, Tex.
  • Chief Erin Janssens – Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland, Ore.
  • Chief Maurice Kemp – Miami Fire Rescue, Miami, Fla.
  • Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr – Austin Fire Department, Austin, Tex.
  • Chief John Lane – Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Service, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Commissioner Jose Santiago – Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, Ill.
  • Chief Ralph Terrazas – Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles, Calif.

In addition to several UFF Chiefs and NFPA staff members who served as speakers, other speakers included:

  • David Fuller – Fire Protection, FM Approvals
  • Casey Grant – Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA
  • Dr. Christina Holcroft – Fire Analysis & Research, NFPA
  • Hylton Hanes – Fire Analysis & Research, NFPA
  • Gary Keith – Engineering Standards, FM Global
  • Stephen Kerber – UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
  • Daniel Madrzykowski – National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell – International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Jim Pauley – President & CEO, NFPA

The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) 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 350 fully paid career fire fighters. For more information, contact Metro Executive Secretary, Russ Sanders.

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