The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2021 annual meeting virtually on May 10, 2021. More than 85 Metro chiefs attended the meeting and elected the Association’s 2021-2022 officers and board members. The officers are: Chief Don Lombardi, President; West Metro Fire Protection District, Lakewood, Colo. Chief Robert Rocha, Vice President; Corpus Christi Fire Department, Corpus Christi, Tex. Chief Edward “Loy” Senter, Jr., Secretary; Chesterfield County Fire and EMS, Chesterfield County, Va. Chief Ernest Malone, Treasurer; Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis, Ind. The new board members are: Chief John Butler, Board Member; Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Fairfax County, Va. Chief (retired) Dr. Denis Onieal, re-elected as the Senior Board Member for a second year; Jersey City Fire Department, Jersey City, N.J. Chief Trisha Wolford, alternate board member; Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Anne Arundel County, Md. Chief John Lane, immediate past president; Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Winnipeg, Man., Canada Outgoing Metro Board Member Chief Mike Duyck issued the oath of office to the new officers and board members. The Metro Chiefs bestowed the following 2021 Metro Awards and Honors: Chief Mary Cameli of the Mesa (Ariz.) Fire & Medical Department was named Fire Chief of the Year. Chief (retired) Mike Duyck, Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire & Rescue, received the Russell E. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award. Motions of Interest 2023 and 2024 Metro Conferences will be hosted by the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire and the Tulsa (Okla.) Acting USFA Administrator Chief Tonya Hoover, NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley, Acting IAFC President and Chair of the Board Chief Ken Stuebing, and IAFC CEO and Executive Director Chief Rob Brown addressed the membership. Motions of interest include the endorsement of Chief John Butler for the position of 2nd Vice President of the IAFC, and donations to the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. Program Presentations A comprehensive education program is traditionally held in conjunction with the annual business meeting, but due to the pandemic, the 2021 Metro Education Program will be presented virtually. The education program will include six, one-hour presentations delivered by a distinguished group of international experts both from within and external to the fire service. The program, which will begin on June 10, 2012, and will conclude on July 15, 2021, will focus on three major themes: COVID-19, DEI, and Labor/Management Relations. The COVID-19 presentations will address Research – Scope and Intent, Best Practices/Lessons Learned, and Economics. The DEI presentation will address Intent vs. Perception, Unintended Bias, and Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). The final series of presentations will include updates from the Secretary of the DHS, the FEMA and USFA Administrators, and a live discussion with IAFF General President Ed Kelly and Metro President Chief Don Lombardi. This final presentation will include both chiefs and local union presidents and will include a variety of topics including Building Strong Labor/Management Relations at all Levels, the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19, Dwindling Revenues, and more. Thank you note A special thank you to Metro President Chief John Lane and the entire Metro Executive Board for providing outstanding leadership during a time of unprecedented challenges. The 2022 Metro conference will be hosted by Chief Gina Sweat and the Memphis Fire Department. The conference is scheduled for May 14-19. The 2023 and 2024 Metro Conferences will be hosted by the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire and the Tulsa (Okla.) Fire Departments respectively. The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues affecting 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.
The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced their award honorees, and for the first time in its 56-year history, fire chiefs from the largest jurisdictions throughout the world have selected a female officer as Fire Chief of the Year. Mary Cameli, chief of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department in Arizona has earned the Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year honor, while Chief Mike Duyck (ret.) of the Tualatin (Ore.) Valley Fire & Rescue earned the Russell E. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service. About Mary Cameli Cameli has been a member of the Mesa (Ariz.) Fire and Medical Department (MFMD) since 1983, serving in every rank within the department before assuming her current role in 2016. Recognized by her community as the Mesa Woman of the Year in 2020, Cameli has earned accolades locally, throughout Arizona, and on a national level for spearheading the MFMD program which is regarded as a ‘Gold Standard” example of Integrated Community Health Care. Cameli has earned accolades locally and on a national level for spearheading the MFMD program MFMD service delivery elements, and the research and data generated as part of a significant federal Health and Human Services grant, have been shared widely throughout the fire service and medical community to impart important lessons learned. MFMD provides its own separate 9-1-1 communications and dispatch center for their community, as well as their automatic aid partners. Cameli credits her Labor/Management team for the development and success of a critical public safety tax initiative for both police and fire. Experience Cameli is a past president of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA) and currently serves as vice-chair of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Executive Board. She is vice president of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Board and co-chairs the IAFC Women Chiefs Council. Cameli holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, and a Master’s in Organizational Management. Lifetime Achievement Award The Metro Chiefs Lifetime Achievement award, which was renamed to honor longtime NFPA employee and Metro Chiefs Executive Secretary Russ Sanders who will retire later this year, has been issued to Mike Duyck, fire chief/chief executive officer (ret.) of Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire & Rescue (TVF&R). Duyck led Oregon’s largest fire district, with a service area covering eleven cities and portions of four counties, in over 390 square miles. He was responsible for over 630 firefighters and support staff, who provide progressive fire, emergency medical, and specialty rescue services to approximately 535,000 citizens. About Mike Duyck Duyck is involved in local, state, and national initiatives addressing firefighter safety and survival Duyck has more than 33 years of experience in the fire service. He joined TVF&R in 1989 and became fire chief in September 2010, after serving in all ranks of emergency services as well as fleet services, human resources, logistics, emergency management, and government affairs. In addition to being past president of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, he is a past president of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and served on the IAFC Board of Directors. He serves as chair of Oregon’s State Interoperability Executive Council and is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Executive Committee for the Public Safety Advisory Committee for FirstNet. Duyck is also involved in local, state, and national initiatives addressing firefighter safety and survival, emergency communications dispatch, interoperability, mobile healthcare, fire and EMS service innovation and technology, intergovernmental affairs, government efficiency, and economic development. Education And Certification Duyck has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Business Administration and an Associate degree in Fire Science. He holds numerous certifications in emergency operations and is an Oregon-certified Paramedic. Duyck completed the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program and is designated as a Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer (CFO).
The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors has unanimously voted to rename their annual Lifetime Achievement Award the “Russell E. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of Sanders’ leadership and continuous contributions to Metro Chiefs and the international fire service. Metro Chiefs is a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Russell E. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to an individual who has demonstrated a long history of accomplishments and contributions to the Metro Chiefs organization, as well as contributions to fire safety, in general. Honorees demonstrate leadership and have overcome workplace challenges. Endorsement Metro Chiefs President John Lane, the fire and paramedic chief in Winnipeg, Canada, lauded Sanders for his vision, passion, and energy. “Metro Chiefs is an organization of chiefs from the largest fire organizations in the world. Russ has collaborated with authorities from North America to South America to Europe to Australia, and spent every waking moment dedicated to the Metro Chiefs organization and our mission,” Lane said. “There is no more fitting recognition of his more than 34 years of service to the Metro Chiefs organization than to name this award after him.” About Russell Sanders Sanders has received many of the highest honors in the fire and emergency services Sanders spent 27 years in the Louisville, Kentucky fire department, serving his last nine years as chief of the department. He joined the National Fire Protection Association in 1995 and has served as Executive Secretary of the Metro Chiefs since then. Sanders has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Education degree, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and Harvard University’s Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program. Sanders has received many of the highest honors in the fire and emergency services including the rank of Fellow in the Institution of Fire Engineers (highest grade offered); the Everett E. Hudiburg Award from the International Fire Service Training Association; induction into the 2018 National Fire Heritage Center’s Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders; and the Mason Langford Fire Service Leadership Award by the Congressional Fire Services Institute for exemplary leadership in public safety. He also co-authored the first edition of Structural Fire Fighting: Strategy and Tactics in 2000 and the second edition in 2008. Sanders will retire from his Metro Chiefs role and his NFPA career at the end of 2021.
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.