The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2019 annual conference in Edmonton, Alberta June 8-14. More than 110 Metro chiefs from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States attended the conference and elected the Association’s 2019-2020 officers and board members. The officers are: Chief Mike Duyck, president; Tualatin Valley, Oregon Fire & Rescue District Chief John Lane, vice president; Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service, Winnipeg, Manitoba Chief Don Lombardi, secretary; West Metro, Colorado Fire Protection District Chief Robert Rocha, treasurer; Corpus Christi, Texas Fire Department The new board members Chief Eric Tade, board member; Denver, Colorado Fire Department Chief (retired) William Bryson, re-elected as the senior board member for a second year; Miami and Miami-Dade, Florida Fire and Rescue Departments Chief Edward “Loy” Senter, Jr., alternate board member, Chesterfield County, Virginia, Fire & EMS Chief (retired) Otto Drozd III, immediate past president, Orange County, Florida Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mark Light, IAFC Executive Director and CEO issued the oath of office to the new officers and board members. The Metro Chiefs 2019 Metro awards and honors: Chief Kevin McGee of the Prince William County (VA) Fire DepartmentFire Chief of the Year Chief (retired) Mary Beth Michos, former Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Operations of the IAFC and former Chief of the Prince William County (VA) Fire DepartmentReceived the Lifetime Achievement Award Steve Kerber, Vice President of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Received the President’s Award of Distinction Lori Moore-Merrell, President and CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute and longtime assistant to the general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Honorary Member of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.Moore-Merrell is only the fourth person in the Association’s 54-year history to receive this honor. The previous three recipients being George D. Miller and James M. Shannon, both former NFPA Presidents and Chief Ernest Mitchell, a former USFA Administrator Fire safety dignitaries in attendance An education program focused on two major themes: Data/Technology and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) USFA Administrator G. Keith Bryant, NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley, IAFC President and Chair of the Board Dan Eggleston, IAFC CEO and Executive Director Mark Light, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs President and conference host, Ken Block, CFO Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council of the UK, CFO Peter Holland, the United Kingdom’s Chief Inspector Crown Premises Fire Safety, Netherlands Fire Service President Stephan Wevers, Australasian Fire Authorities Council CEO Stuart Ellis, and the Mexican Association of Fire Chiefs President Adolfo Miguel Duque Benavente were just a few of the many dignitaries in attendance representing partner associations. Presentations on EMS and Data/Technology A comprehensive education program focused on two major themes: Data/Technology and Emergency Medical Service (EMS). EMS presentations addressed Past, Present and Future Issues, Whole Blood Transfusions, and Community Paramedicine. Several interesting Data/Technology topics were presented, such as an update on NFORS/FireCares; there is an App for That, Data Helps Me Sleep at Night, and more. A motion was adopted authorizing the Metro president to sign a MoU with the Next Generation 911 Alliance Numerous other presentations addressed a wide-range of topics including Generational Differences in the Fire Service, Terrorism Incidents, the latest in Fire Research and Science from the Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute, as well as updates on topics such as, Wildland Fires and FirstNet’s Public Safety Network, which included panel discussions. Next Generation 911 Alliance During the business sessions, a motion was adopted authorizing the Metro president to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Next Generation 911 Alliance to advocate for Congressional funding of NG911. Motions were also adopted to provide financial support to the Canadian and United States Fallen Fire Fighters Associations, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Metro President Otto Drozd III and Comandante Adolfo Miguel Duque Benavente, Presidente, Asociación Méxicana De Jefes De Bomberos, signed a partnership agreement between the two associations. Large metropolitan fire departments Fire Chiefs Special thanks was sent to Edmonton Fire Chief Ken Block and entire team and the Metro loyal sponsors who went beyond in making this conference the outstanding event it was. The 2020 Metro conference will be hosted by Chief Darryl Jones of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Fire. The conference is scheduled for June 6-10. The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. Its members belong to the IAFC and NFPA and are the fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 350 fully paid career firefighters. For more information, contact Metro Executive Secretary, Russ Sanders.
Metropolitan Fire Chiefs from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom participated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Mass. NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley welcomed the chiefs and provided an overview of the association’s Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem, reinforcing the critical role urban fire chiefs play in ensuring safe communities. Special guests at the Forum included the President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) Chief Ken Block. Also at the Forum were National Fire Chiefs Council of the United Kingdom (NFCC) Chairman CFO Roy Wilsher, CEO and Executive Director of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Chief Mark Light, United Kingdom Crown Premises Fire Safety Chief Inspector CFO Peter Holland; and Administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA) Chief Keith Bryant. UFF-Metro Chiefs position papers The group adopted five important documents as official UFF-Metro Chiefs position papers: Safety Investigation Reports: Addressing Line of Duty Deaths and Injuries Post Incident (AKA After Action Reports). Telling the Story: Fire Department Operational Performance Measures. Community Risk Assessment/Threat Assessment Checklist. Smart Cities. Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Terrorist Events. Forum presentations Update on Fire DynamicsFindings on Basement Fires, Fire Attack, Fire Exposure/ Decontamination and Training Fires by Dr. Daniel Madrzykowski, PE, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. Hostile Threat Assessment/Complex Coordinated Attacks and Fire Department Response Capability, Performance and System ResiliencePresented by Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, Assistant to the General President and Head of Research at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). NFPA 3000, Active Shooter Hostile Events Responder Program (ASHER) and Counting Responses Presented by Orange County (Fla.) Chief Otto Drozd, III. Smart Cities, School Safety and EFFECT Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby Presented on his department’s decontamination policy. NFPA staff members Robert Solomon, PEPresented on Smart Cities. Birgitte Messerschmidt, PEPresented on the External Façade Fire Evaluation and Comparison Tool (EFFECT). Meghan Housewright and Amanda Kimball, PEJointly discussed a Fire Protection Research Foundation study addressing the Economic Impact of Fire. IAFC CEO Mark Light and Robert SolomonJointly presented on Maintaining School Safety during ASHER events. Maintaining Building and Fire Safety Today it is more important than ever for chiefs to understand and embrace the latest research” Following their presentation, the chiefs endorsed an IAFC position paper titled Maintaining Building and Fire Safety During Active Assailant and other Terrorist Events. “Today’s firefighters respond to a broad range of emergencies and catastrophic events that have become commonplace in the United States and throughout the world. To adequately handle these crises, fire chiefs must think differently today, as the first responder landscape has dramatically changed over the past decade. Today it is more important than ever for chiefs to understand and embrace the latest research, and have access to quality and timely data,” said NFPA Metro Chiefs Executive Secretary Russ Sanders and coordinator of the event. “The position papers endorsed by the Forum provide the information and resources needed to effectively address the challenges facing today’s fire service.” Core group of UFF The following officers of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) Executive Board make up the core group of the UFF: Chief Otto Drozd – Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Orlando, Fla., President Chief Mike Duyck – Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Tigard, Ore., Vice President Chief John Lane – Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Service, Winnipeg, Man., Canada, Secretary Chief Don Lombardi – West Metro Fire Protection District, Lakewood, Colo., Treasurer Chief (Ret.) William “Shorty” Bryson – Miami and Miami-Dade (Fla.) Fire Rescue, Senior Board Member Metro Chiefs The Chiefs/Metro Board Members listed above were joined by a select group of at-large Metro Chiefs. The participating at-large chiefs were: Chief Ken Block – Edmonton Fire & Rescue services, Edmonton, Alb., Canada. Chief Kristin Chilton – Lexington Fire Department, Lexington, Ky. Chief David Downey – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami, Fla. Chief Joanne Hayes-White – San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco, Calif. Chief Kara Kalkbrenner – Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix, Ariz. Chief Daryl Osby – Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles, Calif. Chief Samuel Pena – Houston Fire Department, Houston, Tex. Commissioner Jose Santiago – Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, Ill. Commissioner Adam Thiel – Philadelphia, Pa. Urban Fire Forum Mission The Urban Fire Forum brings together fire chiefs who are responsible for protecting some of the largest urban centers in the world. The program objectives are to provide the chiefs an opportunity to learn from their peers and expert speakers and for NFPA to stay abreast of current trends and needs in the fire service. As part of the overall mission of the UFF, chief officers share UFF position papers and associated information with fire officers from all over the world.