Cleveland Fire Department’s haz-mat unit awarded NFPA’s 2005 Warren E. Isman Educational Grant

Published on January 28, 2005
January 28, 2005—The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has named the Fire Prevention Bureau’s Haz-Mat Team of the Cleveland Fire Department as the 2005 recipient of the Warren E. Isman Educational Grant.

The grant of $5000 is awarded to hazardous materials incident response teams from fire, police or other publicly-funded programs that seek more specialized training and must be used for attendance at a hazardous materials conference. The Cleveland team has selected The International Hazardous Materials Response Team Conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), to be held in Hunt Valley, Md.from June 2-5, 2005.

The qualified team must have demonstrated excellent leadership and communication skills and must have been trained in compliance with NFPA 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, and NFPA 473, Standard for Professional Competence of EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents.

Following Isman’s death in 1991, the IAFC initiated the grant to honor the former Fairfax County, Va. fire chief, who was also a senior instructor for the University of Maryland Fire Service Extension Program. Isman wrote three fire-related textbooks and served on the IAFC board of directors and as chair of both NFPA’s Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel and IAFC’s Committee on Hazardous Materials.

In 1993, NFPA assumed responsibility for the grant’s distribution following establishment of the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund.

The Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee, appointed by NFPA’s board of directors, selects scholarship recipients annually based on achievement, leadership, volunteerism, and intention to pursue a career in fire science/fire safety engineering. The Committee also oversees the John L. Jablonsky and David B. Gratz scholarships for graduate students in fire service programs.

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