During the General Session of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) 86th Annual Validation Conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2019 Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fire Service Training was presented to Assistant Dean Ed Kirtley of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU. Kirtley leads the CEAT Extension units. Fire service leadership expert Kirtley, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has been recognized for his extensive career in fire service leadership and education. A University of Oklahoma graduate, Kirtley began his fire service career with the Colorado Springs, Colorado Fire Department where he managed the fire department training division, including training programs, activities, and facilities. He also served as the first chair of the Colorado Metropolitan Certification Board from 1994 to 1998 and was actively involved in the accreditation of metropolitan fire departments in Colorado.Following his career in Colorado, Kirtley served as Chief of the Guymon, Oklahoma Fire/EMS Department from March of 1998 to March of 2004. During his tenure in Guymon, he led the transition of the city’s EMS transport service from the police to the fire department and played a key role in its eventual certification as an advanced life support transport service. Kirtley also served on the leadership team of the Oklahoma Panhandle fire chiefs to help create an associate degree in firefighting and intern program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. OSU Fire Service Training In 2004, Kirtley was hired by OSU Fire Service Training as the officer/instructor program coordinator In 2004, Kirtley was hired by OSU Fire Service Training as the officer/instructor program coordinator. In 2006, he moved over to OSU Fire Protection Publications where he served as the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Projects Coordinator. In 2011, he became the Director of OSU Fire Service Training where he served until his appointment as Assistant Dean of CEAT. IFSTA Executive Director, Mike Wieder said, “Few people in the fire service have made a greater contribution to the training and education of firefighters at a variety of levels then has Ed Kirtley.” Training of Firefighters The Award is the highest honor IFSTA can bestow to an individual who has made significant contributions to the training of firefighters, and is named after Everett Hudiburg who was Editor from 1955 through 1975, of IFSTA publications, that were known as “The Red Books”. His contributions to the organization’s training materials are recognized through this award which bears his name. IFSTA was established in 1934 with the mission to develop and validate training materials for the fire service and other emergency responders. IFSTA is an association that attracts the world’s top experts who are dedicated to advancing firefighting and emergency response techniques and firefighter safety through validated training materials. Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University, is the IFSTA headquarters, publishing and distributing the validated training texts and other materials that support firefighter and emergency responder teaching and learning.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU) are pleased to announce that Dr. Ernest Grant has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. Fire and Emergency Services Dr. Ernest Grant will be honored with the Award at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC, April 25, 2019. Dr. Grant was the Outreach Nurse Clinician, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center (retired) responsible for burn prevention. He is the Past Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors, and the current elected President of the American Nurses Association. Ernest has dedicated his life to fire safety education as a national and international burn prevention expert Ernest has dedicated his life to fire safety education as a national and international burn prevention expert and policy advocate. For more than 30 years, he has advised, coordinated, delivered and evaluated nationally acclaimed burn prevention programs. Ernest combines his passion and leadership in burn prevention with a strong commitment to obtain results. He used his personal higher education studies as a platform to extend burn prevention knowledge. His master’s thesis and PhD dissertation involved burn prevention education and fire prevention behavior change in older adults after a burn injury. Major proponent of fire and burn safety While Ernest still maintains his home and his rural roots in North Carolina, his contributions in burn prevention and treatment have propelled him into national and international leadership roles. Perhaps his greatest contribution is the manner in which he used his clinical experience to build a reputation as a respected leader and burn prevention advocate within the American Burn Association (ABA). In this role he moved burn prevention into the spotlight within the ABA. The magnitude and reach of his publications are impressive. In a book chapter titled, ‘Burn Prevention for the Surgeon’, he describes for surgeons the essential tools and ideas to promote fire and burn safety. In an article for healthcare professionals he shares methods for the medical community to instruct older adults to prevent burns. NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Standard expert His article ‘The Effectiveness of Burn Center Legislative Lobbying: Passing the Fire-safe Cigarette Act in a Tobacco Producing State’ recounts how he took the initiative to pass fire-safe cigarette legislation in North Carolina. Through this prolific work, he fulfills the spirit of Dr. Phillips’ minority report to America Burning by inspiring others in the medical community to prevent fires as the best method to reduce burn injuries and fire loss. Ernest is the current Chairperson for National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee, the immediate past chair of the NFPA 1035: Fire and Life Safety Educator Professional Qualifications Standard, and the Burn Prevention Committee Chair for the American Burn Association. Role of IFSTA and FPP in promoting fire safety Dr. Ernest Grant embodies the spirit, determination and drive of Dr. Anne W. Phillips" William Jenaway, CFSI President, Craig Hannan, Director of Fire Protection Publications and Mike Wieder, IFSTA Executive Director issued a joint statement honoring the 2019 recipient. The statement read, “Dr. Ernest Grant embodies the spirit, determination and drive of Dr. Anne W. Phillips. His experiences treating patients with burn injuries incited his passion for prevention. Like Dr. Phillips, he recognizes that our fundamental role in public safety needs to begin with prevention and education. This is the first year a lifelong burn prevention educator and clinician within a burn center has received the national recognition of the Dr. Anne Phillips Award.” Recognizing the support of IFSTA, William Jenaway extended his thanks to IFSTA/FPP and Oklahoma State University. He said, "On behalf of my fellow board members, I extend my personal thanks to IFSTA for the continued support of this award which elevates the value of fire safety education throughout our nation. "Our former board member, the late Louis J. Amabili, took tremendous pride in the Phillips Award because of his respect and admiration for Dr. Phillips and her contributions to American Burning. With his passing, the award takes on greater meaning for CFSI preserving the legacies of Dr. Phillips and our dear friend and former colleague, Lou Amabili." The award will be presented on April 25, 2019 at the 31th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC.
Mike Weller is to be honored with the 2018 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education at the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC, Maryland, USA on April 19, 2018. The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU) together announced that Mike Weller has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. Mike Weller works at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in the capacity of Adjunct Instructor and Curriculum Developer. He was the Public Education Officer for Hagerstown, Maryland Fire Department (retired). Children’s Safety Village program creator The Safety Village is also on display for hundreds of National Fire Academy (NFA) students Mike Weller was a driving force and founding member of the team who developed the Children’s Safety Village of Washington County, MD. The Children’s Safety Village is a two-day experience for second grade children and has reached a multitude of children and families with fire safety education. The Safety Village experience continues to foster a culture for children to learn that the root causes of fires are understandable, predictable and preventable. The Safety Village is also on display for hundreds of National Fire Academy (NFA) students to observe the impact a comprehensive fire safety curriculum partnered with home safety visits has on a community. NFA students see firsthand a model program with fire department-leader support, a comprehensive plan supported with data, and bolstered by community partners. Public education and community risk reduction Mr. Mike Weller’s work fulfills the spirit of Dr. Phillips’ minority report to America Burning by inspiring others to prevent fires as the best method to reduce burn injuries and fire loss. Mr. Weller has been a pivotal force in the design and delivery of public education and community risk reduction (CRR) courses at the National Fire Academy (NFA). His expertise, passion and ceaseless energy serve to fuel the ultimate educational outcome – change. The National Fire Academy Students’ report states, “I was changed by the CRR course and forever impacted by the passion you show. My motivation links directly back to you. Perhaps his influence has been greatest in developing and teaching the Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction course as part of the NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program. This course contributes to the formation of decision makers who make fire prevention and community risk reduction a priority in the communities they serve and protect.” International Safe Communities by WHO Mr. Mike Weller was also the catalyst who led the City of Hagerstown to achieve International Safe Community recognition by The World Health Organization for Safe Communities. When City of Hagerstown received the honor, it was the first community recognized in Maryland and only the sixth in the United States. Mike can be described as a disciple of Dr. Phillips as his passion today matches the lifetime passion for fire safety of Dr. Phillips. His work spans more than 30 years and also includes co-author of the IFSTA Fire and Life Safety Educator, Third Edition. Driving passion for fire safety and prevention Mike Weller is one of the strongest national advocates for fire safety education with his articulate voice and passion" William Jenaway, CFSI President, Craig Hannan, Director of Fire Protection Publications and Mike Wieder, IFSTA Executive Director issued a joint statement honoring the 2018 recipient. They stated, “Mike Weller’s passion for fire prevention is contagious. Over and over, his dedication and commitment to teaching have a profound impact on the educational experience of NFA students. He has become one of the strongest national advocates for fire safety education with his articulate voice and passion.” Recognizing IFSTA's support of the program, the trio extended a special thanks to IFSTA/FPP and Oklahoma State University. They said, "On behalf of my fellow board members, including the late, Louis J. Amabili, who served with Dr. Phillips on the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, I extend my personal thanks to IFSTA/FPP/OSU for its continued support of CFSI. This particular award is very important in maintaining a constant awareness of the value of fire safety education throughout the nation." The award will be presented on April 19 at the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC.