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Here's a brief snapshot of the association's recent activities that are focused on ensuring your success as a leader in the fire and emergency service:
- The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is attended by 20 students annually and is designed to help new or aspiring fire chiefs develop the leadership skills required to be a successful chief. The 2016-2017 session began in September and marks the third year of the program with sponsorship by Motorola Solutions Foundation.
- The IAFC received a three-year FEMA SAFER Recruitment and Retention grant for $1.7 million to create a volunteer officer development program delivered through interactive, web-based training as well as a two-day instructor-led portion.
- Chief Gary Curmode, IAFC second vice president, attended a White House meeting on September 14 regarding National Preparedness Month. This moderated Q&A session touched on the Ready, Set, Go! Program and FLSS preparedness efforts.
- The VWS National SAFER Grant Program created a more inclusive and diverse marketing campaign to be utilized by the 10 pilot departments. The marketing campaign showcases women and underrepresented populations in a variety of roles associated with the fire service, asking “What Fuels Your Fire?” in hopes of gaining a more-diverse volunteer workforce.
- Chief Kevin McGee, Prince William County (Va.) Fire Rescue, and Assistant Chief Michael Little, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fire Department, presented a class at FRI about lessons learned from the emergency response to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. The class was sponsored by the IAFC’s Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Chief McGee.
- Through FSTAR and the Safety, Health and Survival Section, the IAFC released A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals to help healthcare providers in the evaluation and treatment of the health and wellness of firefighters. The guide serves as an important new tool for firefighters to manage their own healthcare.
- The Digital Center created the Public Safety GIS Viewer, which provides fire and EMS leaders a powerful tool to better understand hazard risks using real-time data on an interactive map.
- The IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee released a fourth edition of Terrorism Response: A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs and Community Preparedness Leaders.
- Through the International Fellowship Program, Saudi Aramco Fire Department has 19 fellows operating with San Diego Fire Department and eight fellows operating with Oklahoma City Fire Department. The International Fellowship Program is intended to share the American fire service's operational best practices and culture with firefighters and chief officers from other countries. The six-month program includes orientation and operational participation.
- Energizer and the IAFC successfully launched for the 29th year the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries campaign. Energizer and the IAFC worked to raise awareness of the importance of checking the power and functionality of smoke detectors, smoke alarms and other key safety devices throughout homes. The campaign enjoyed significant national media coverage.
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