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Japanese Firefighters Association delegation meets NVFC board members

Published on 12 November 2010
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Over the past few years, the NVFC has also met with fire service leaders from England, Finland, Greece, and South and Central America.

A delegation of fire service leaders from the Japan Firefighters Association met with board members and staff from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) on October 16. The NVFC is committed to fostering relationships and encouraging idea-exchange with the international fire service community and has met with members of the Japanese fire service several times over the past few years.

The delegation also had the opportunity to learn strategies and tactics utilized during Live Burn Evolutions being held at the Union Fire District (UFD) Training Ground in RI.
NVFC board members Mike Bird (MA) and Kevin Quinn (RI), former board members John McAuliffe (CT) and James Williams (NY), Executive Director Heather Schafer, and Director of Health and Safety Amy Tarte will meet with the representatives from the Japan Firefighters Association to discuss issues of mutual interest and further the lines of communication between the fire services of the two nations. Topics will include health and safety, junior firefighting, and legislative issues affecting the fire service in the United States.
Chief Robert Perry and Deputy Chief Quinn of the UFD utilised the department’s training facility to demonstrate fire ground tactics and escort the delegation through live fire training exercises. The delegation included Chief Officers, Inspectors, and members of the Japan Firefighters Association board of directors.

In addition to visiting RI and CT, the Japanese delegation shared and exchanged ideas with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Mineola Volunteer Fire Department in Long Island, Boston and San Francisco fire departments, and Cal Fire. The NVFC is coordinating communications between the two countries and is committed to exchanging and sharing information.

Japanese firefighting will gain a lot of information from other firefighter organizations of the world

Over the past few years, the NVFC has also met with fire service leaders from England, Finland, Greece, and South and Central America. In September, Perry, Bird, and Quinn met with Makis Tsioguris, the President of the Union of Hellenic Fire Service Volunteers, the organization that represents the 2,000 volunteer firefighters in Greece. In addition to discussing the fire service in both countries, Tsioguris participated in a live fire training exercise at the UFD facility and attended the annual lobster bake at the West Barnstable Fire Department in MA.
These meetings are part of the NVFC’s ongoing efforts to foster communications with the international fire service community. It is the intention of the NVFC to create strong, ongoing relationships, fostering good will and developing an increased understanding of the needs, successes, challenges, and similarities between the fire service communities.
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the nation’s more than one million volunteer first responders in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more about the NVFC.

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