The Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has opened the application process for the Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship
to Symposium in the Sun.
This scholarship seeks an individual who embodies the ideals of Chief Seavey; someone who has made it their goal to ensure the health and wellness of their sisters and brothers physically, mentally and spiritually.
Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. was the chief of Cabin John Park (Maryland) Volunteer Fire Department and a VCOS At-Large Board Member. He passed away on September 4, 2018 after a courageous five-year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Throughout his career, Seavey’s passion was elevating morale, empowering members to exceed expectations, and providing through example unparalleled selflessness at every opportunity.
Seavey is remembered for his extraordinary devotion to family and for often undertaking duties that transcended traditional roles. While he shared in human weakness, he was unwavering in his values, commitment, and ethos. He was a faithful soul, and he joined in a strong love for God.
The Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer
, which he researched and co-authored, was a timely example of Seavey’s national influence. Setting out 11 actions that can dramatically reduce deaths of first responders from cancers caused by the very fires they fight, it was published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs- Volunteer and Combination Officers Section and the National Volunteer Fire Council.
“When we lost Jim last year, it was felt by the VCOS and the fire service. We promised to carry on the fight for him,” said Chief Charles Flynn, chair of the VCOS. “The Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship is one way we are continuing to carry out his mission and honor his memory.”
Applications are being accepted for the Chief James P. Seavey Scholarship
until August 9. Applicants for the scholarships must be members of the IAFC and VCOS.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
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