NFPA awards 2008 Warren E Isman Grant to Madison Fire Department HazMat Team

Published on January 31, 2008
NFPA awards 2008 Warren E. Isman Grant to Madison Fire Department HazMat Team

January 31, 2008 – The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has selected the hazardous materials response team from the Madison Fire Department in Wisconsin as the recipient of the 2008 Warren E. Isman Grant.

Award recipients select a conference where they can attend specialized hazardous materials training and education sessions. The team selected has an opportunity to gain knowledge and enhance their ability to excel in this specialized field. Funds from the 2008 Isman Grant will make it possible for five members of the Madison Fire Department HazMat Team to attend the 2008 HOTZONE Conference in Houston, Texasin October.

Madison's hazmat team commitment to hazardous materials safety has been clearly demonstrated through their on-going support of the local community. In addition, the team has expanded their outreach activities as the response team for Wisconsin ’s Dane Countyand the nine county southwest region. The team was extremely honored to receive this award and plans to share their experiences and knowledge with other members of the department,” said Ken Isman, chair of the Warren Isman Task Group, the NFPA Scholarship Committee and son of the late Warren Isman.

The $5000 grant is available to any established incident response team from a fire department, police department or other public-funded program. Qualified applicants are evaluated on leadership qualities, communication abilities and must have been trained in accordance with NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, and NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents. The closing date for 2009 applications is September 15, 2008.

Established by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) following Isman’s death in 1991, the grant honors a man who was known to value training and education. He was the former fire chief in Fairfax County, Virginia, a senior instructor for the University of Maryland Fire Service Extension Programand author of three fire-related textbooks. Isman served on the IAFC board of directors and was chair of both NFPA’s Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel and IAFC’s Committee on Hazardous Materials.

NFPA’s Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund was established in 1992. Upon request of IAFC, NFPA assumed administrative responsibilities of the Isman Grant in 1993. To make a contribution to the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund or for more information regarding the application process, contact Christine Ellis at +1 617 984-7244 or

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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