International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) News

Chief Jeff Johnson Is Named President And Chairman Of The IAFC Board

Chief Jeff Johnson has been named President and Chairman of the Board of the IAFC New appointee will act as association's primary spokesperson The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has installed Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, EFO, CFO, MIFireE, fire chief and chief executive officer of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in Oregon, as IAFC president and chairman of the board for 2009-2010. The installation took place on August 28 during the IAFC's Fire Rescue Interna...

Kelvin Cochran Sworn In As U.S. Fire Administrator By Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate

The new U.S. Fire Administrator, Kelvin Cochran is officially sworn in by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Experienced former Atlanta Fire Chief now officially in office U.S. Fire Administrator Kelvin Cochran was sworn into office today by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 2009 Fire Rescue International conference in Dallas, Texas. Cochran will oversee and...

IAFC Announces 2009 Winner Of The Fire Service Award For Excellence

The Fire Service Award for Excellence was presented to Dallas Fire-Rescue Program to increase firefighter health awareness takes prize The 2009 winner of the Fire Service Award for Excellence is the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department's Wellness-Fitness Program. Presented every year at the IAFC's annual conference, Fire Rescue International, and co-sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and U.S. Safety Fire Technologies, this award recognizes the very be...

Secretary Napolitano Addresses Fire Rescue International 2009

Secretary Napolitano addressed first responders and emergency managers at Fire Rescue International DHS Secretary highlighted need for emergency preparedness Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered remarks today to 2,500 first responders and emergency managers at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 2009 Fire Rescue International conference in Dallas, Texas, stressing preparedness as a shared responsibility between all level...

Miami-Dade Firefighter Receives Highest Honor For Dramatic Marina Rescue

Firefighter Nicholas DiGiacomo will receive the International Benjamin Franklin Fire Service Award at FRI International award will be presented at Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2009 Firefighter Nicholas DiGiacomo of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is this year's recipient of the International Benjamin Franklin Fire Service Award for Valor, co-sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Motorola, Inc. The award will be presented at the 136th Annual Fire Res...

U.S. Fire Administrator To Be Sworn In At FRI

Chief Kelvin Cochran will be sworn in as U.S. Fire Administrator during FRI Kelvin Cochran will be sworn in by DHS Secretary Napolitano The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is proud to announce that U.S. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano will swear in Chief Kelvin Cochran as U.S. Fire Administrator during the Thursday general session at Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2009. This will be an exciting event you won't want to miss! The Thursday general s...

The IAFC Endorses Chief Kelvin Cochran’s Nomination To Be U.S. Fire Administrator

The IAFC has strongly endorsed Kelvin Cochran's nomination for U.S. Fire Administrator IAFC strongly endorses Cochran's nomination The IAFC has endorsed the nomination of Chief Kelvin Cochran to be U.S. Fire Administrator and has called on the Senate to move quickly to confirm him once hearings begin in August as anticipated. On July 17, IAFC President Chief Larry Grorud wrote to Senators Joseph Lieberman (I/D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the chairman and the ranking...

IAFC Releases Alternative Fuels Training Packages For First Responders

Both programs are available on theNational Hazardous Materials FusionCenter website To ensure the nation's first responders are prepared to handle incidents involving alternative fuels, the IAFC has created two new training packages:Ethanol: Response Consideration focuses on responding to ethanol incidents and was created in partnership with the USFA and the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. This training package has b...

FIRE Grant Funding Increase Amendment

More funding for the FIRE grant program On Tuesday night, the House Rules Committee passed a closed rule for the Fiscal Year 2010 DHS Appropriations bill (H.R. 2892) that would not allow Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Steve Austria (R-OH), Peter King (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) to offer their amendment on the House floor yesterday. The House Rules Committee writes the rules for the consideration of each bill before it goes to the House Floor.  However,...

Bring The IAFC/IAFF Labor-Management Initiative To Your Fire Department

Designed to foster cooperative andcollaborative labor-managementrelationships Labor-management relationships needed to deal with difficulties of the current economic situation Strong labor-management relationships are critical in order to effectively address the financial and operational difficulties most fire departments are facing in the current economic environment. The IAFC/IAFF Labor-Management Initiative, a joint program of the IAFC and the International Associatio...

Chief Jeff Johnson Testifies On Capitol Hill In Support Of Better Hazmat Preparedness

IAFC 1st Vice President Jeff Johnson has called for better national preparedness for hazmat response This week, IAFC 1st Vice President Jeff Johnson, chief of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, called for improved national preparedness for the response to hazmat incidents. He appeared May 14 before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. During his testimony, Chief Johnson recognized that there are nea...

IAFC Foundation Establishes The Heather Westphal Memorial Scholarship Fund, Benefiting Women In The Fire Service

The IAFC Foundation have created a scholarship fund in memory of Heather Westphal New scholarship fund created in memorial The IAFC Foundation voted to establish the Heather Westphal Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit women first responders at its April 2009 board meeting. This fund is created in memory of Heather Westphal, IAFC's membership marketing manger who died in a tragic accident in October 2008. The fund is supported by the IAFC. Mark Light, IAFC's executive dir...

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