Olive Branch Fire Departments hazmat unit awarded NFPAs 2006 Warren E Isman Educational Grant

Published on January 30, 2006
January 30, 2006 — The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has named the Hazardous Materials Response Team of the Olive Branch Fire Department, Olive Branch, Miss. as the 2006 recipient of the Warren E. Isman Educational Grant.

The grant of $5000 is awarded annually to hazardous materials incident response teams from fire, police or other publicly-funded programs that seek more specialized training.  The grant must be used for attendance at a national hazardous materials conference. The Olive Branch team has selected The International Hazardous Materials Response Team Conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to be held June 1-4, 2006 in Hunt Valley, Md. “The 2006 grant recipient demonstrated their commitment to making hazardous materials safety a priority in their community,” said Ken Isman, chair of the Warren E. Isman Task Force, a subcommittee of the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee and also Chief Warren Isman’s son.  “We are pleased to be able to provide this grant to the Olive Branch Fire Department for additional training and look forward to hearing about their experiences.”

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/public administration.  The Committee oversees the John L. Jablonsky, David B. Gratz and George D. Miller scholarships. In addition, scholarship awards in the name of Frank J. Fee, Jr., Charles S. Morgan and Percy Bugbee are distributed annually by NFPA to the University of Maryland, Oklahoma State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute respectively.  The awarding of these scholarships is administered by each institution.

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Contact: Lorraine Carli, NFPA Public Affairs Office: +1-617-984-7275