U.S. Fire Administration to gather leaders for pivotal fire service summit

October 4, 2023

The U.S. Fire Administration is set to host a significant summit for national and federal leaders.

On October 10, 2023, Emmitsburg, Maryland’s National Emergency Training Center will be bustling with influential figures from the fire service sector.

An interactive session awaits attendees both in-person and virtually.

A deep dive into pressing fire service issues

Starting at 9:00 am, a roundtable listening session is scheduled, presenting a line-up of respected speakers.

Chief Donna Black, representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Duck Fire Department, North Carolina, will spotlight the concern of wildfires.

Deputy Chief Kevin Quinn, formerly of the National Volunteer Fire Council and Union Fire District, Rhode Island, will elucidate on recruitment and retention strategies.

Addressing the critical issue of firefighter cancer, Ed Kelly, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, will take the lead.

Jim Pauley, President & CEO of the National Fire Protection Association, will discuss the vital nature of codes and standards in fire prevention.

Adding to the diverse perspectives, Chief Ernie Mitchell, formerly US Fire Administrator and Assistant Director of Disaster Emergency Services for Pasadena, California Fire Department, will comment on behavioral health in the fire service.

Innovations and challenges: U.S. Fire Administration examines emerging topics

The afternoon promises enlightening sessions on a plethora of topics. A highlight is the ‘State of Science’ segment, exploring the implications of budding fire technologies.

Moderated by Commissioner Laura Kavanagh of the FDNY, this segment will delve into the ramifications of evolving fire patterns, including the consequences on displacement, homelessness, and challenges brought about by the use of lithium-ion in structures.

The ripple effects of climate change on the US are eagerly anticipated, with insights from Stephen Baxter of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service.

Adding an international angle, Marcus Vilhelmsson of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency will shed light on global perspectives. Concluding the day’s events, Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, the U.S. Fire Administrator, will give her closing remarks.

How to get involved

For interested individuals looking to register, more details can be found here.

For any further information, Victor Stagnaro, the CEO, can be reached at mbiersner@firehero.org.

FSJA Comment

The upcoming U.S. Fire Administration summit represents a significant convergence of thought leaders and professionals in the fire service community.

By addressing contemporary challenges, from technological innovations to the implications of climate change, this event serves as a testament to the industry’s commitment to adaptability, learning, and progression.

The inclusion of global perspectives further reinforces the interconnected nature of these issues, reminding us that collaboration across borders can pave the way for more effective solutions.

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