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International Executive Fire Officer Scholarship - June 15, 2014 Deadline!
The US Branch announces the availability of a one year scholarship to include course registration, accommodations, and meals for an international candidate to attend the United States Fire Administration/National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

The Executive Fire Officer Program is an initiative of the USFA/NFA designed to provide senior officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The EFOP curriculum and research framework examines how senior authority figures can exercise leadership when dealing with difficult, adaptive problems within their jurisdictions. EFOP participants enhance their professional development through a unique series of four resident graduate-level and upper-level college-equivalent courses, and the completion of an Applied Research Project (ARP) for each course. The EFOP spans a 4-year period and consists of four “core” courses. Each course is 2 weeks in length. This program, available for chief fire officers, is conducted on the NFA campus for a two week period annually. The program consists of four yearly visits and advanced written papers completed back at student's home station.

Additional information about the program is available at www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/efop.

The program is especially interested in having international students attend because the exchange of information among all students is exciting and enriching to the learning objectives of each course.

The US Branch scholarship will provide for the first year's attendance in the program, and the Branch hopes the student would then continue to pursue his/her further development in the program. EFOP application procedures are outlined in the website listed above. The scholarship winner will be chosen from among the entries received.

The application package must be submitted by June 15, 2014.

President's Message Posted
Read President Harry Carter's New Year's Message.

       Click Here for the President's Message

IFE-USA Branch 2014 Annual General Meeting - March 9th
The IFE-USA Branch 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held starting 7:00 P.M. on March 9, 2014 at the Green Valley Ranch and Resort, Henderson, Nevada. We will be meeting in conjunction with the Commission on Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Conference. Social hour starts at 6:00 P.M.

It is important to note that you will not have to register for the CPSE conference in order to attend our AGM. However, if it is your intention to remain for the entire conference you will have to register with CPSE.

CPSE conference registration can be made with the following link:

           CPSE Conference Registration

Proposed Constitutional Amendment to be Balloted Soon
We will be conducting an electronic ballot very shortly on a change to our constitution which will alter the manner in which our officers are elected. Please become familiar with the following amendment wording in preparation for the vote.

Notice of Proposed Constitution Amendment

"One-year term limit for VP and President; VP automatically succeeds President. (a) The officers of the U.S. Branch shall consist of an elected president, vice president, secretary and treasurer (which office may be combined with that of secretary). Effective with the election of officers in 2015, the President and Vice President may serve up to two consecutive one-year terms, subject to the following provision for presidential succession: Effective with the election of officers in 2016, and in subsequent elections, the Vice President will automatically become President upon expiration of the President's first or second term, or upon the President's departure from office prior to term expiration. The Secretary and Treasurer may serve more than two consecutive terms. The elected officers of the branch, the immediate past president and one member-at-large shall constitute the executive committee."

Third Needs Assessment of the US Fire Service Report
Released in June 2011, this updated study examines the needs of the U.S. fire service in such areas as training, certification, personnel, apparatus, equipment, and fire prevention, with particular attention to homeland security type incidents.

Vision 20/20 Update

NEW - Online Guide

Vision 20/20, a project funded by an AFG Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers, has been working on implementing Community Risk Reduction (CRR) programs to demonstrate their application in the United States. Modeled on the highly successful programs used in the United Kingdom and Australia, the concepts of CRR have been implemented in a number of communities including Dallas, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; Vancouver, Washington; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and others. Representatives of these communities, and other national fire safety experts, were brought together to discuss the lessons learned and help chart a course for future expansion of this program based on the collective experience.

The report, which is a compilation of the discussions held at this two-day symposium, is available for download.

This report represents the culmination of a great deal of work by too many people to mention. It is a result of the lessons learned symposium conducted by the task group working on the Vision 20/20 strategy to increase the importance of fire prevention efforts within the fire service. That task group is led by Bill Kehoe of the Institution of Fire Engineers, and Victor Stagnaro of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The point of the report is to pass on lessons learned from those who have experience implementing community risk reduction efforts through the fire service. There is a great deal of information here for those interested in digging deeper ñ but weíre confident this is only the beginning of many more such efforts to come. There is a growing list of case studies on the Vision 20/20 web site at www.strategicfire.org.

Philadelphia's Fire Commissioner Talks Fire Prevention
as a result of the Vision 20-20 program, National Strategies for Fire Loss Prevention, which the US Branch sponsors, the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner has turned his department around regarding its involvement with fire prevention. Read on

Membership Fellow Grade Criteria
The following criteria have been adopted for US Branch members desiring to advance to the Fellow Grade of The Institution of Fire Engineers. More..

Commemorative IFE Coin

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the US Branch, this coin has been struck to commemorate the occasion.  The obverse (front) shows the seal of the US Branch and the reverse (back) shows the Great Seal of the United States of America.  Click  for more information. Click for press release.

NIST: Fire Research Information Services
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) provides Fire Research Information Services (FRIS) to fire protection engineering, scientists, and fire service personnel around the world.  The FRIS has more than 55,000 items in its collection.  These include published reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and audiovisual items.  For more information go to www.bfrl.nist.gov/fris

Community Safety Programs in CTIF Member Nations
The International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF), an international fire service organization, commissioned a paper to look into the programs used by several countries in their effort to provide fire safety education to their citizens. This paper summarizes programs of 18 different countries. Click to View (pdf version. Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

Join in on the Latest Debates on Fire Safety and Engineering
The International Association for Fire Safety Science operates a mailing list by which people participate in on-line discussions. The Association holds triennial symposia, publishes the Fire Safety Journal, and provides its publications, at a discount, to its members and engages in other learned activities to the benefit of the fire science and engineering community. To subscribe/unsubscribe send an email with the words "sub iafss" (or "sub sfpe") in the message body. Click to visit the IAFSS website.

Contact Information

The Institution of Fire Engineers
United States of America Branch
P.O. Box 10266
Eugene, Oregon 97440  USA
(541) 554-9393 - Phone

Shipping Address (Parcels):
P.O. Box 10266
Eugene, Oregon 97440 USA

Executive Board

Harry R. Carter, PhD, MIFireE
P.O. Box 100
Adelphia, NJ 07710
Office: (732) 431-1639
Email: drharrycarter@optonline.net

William D. Killen, CFO, FIFireE
526 Whitehall Road
Church Hill, TN 37642
Office: (423) 765-8789
Email: nschsto@charter.net

Treasurer & Membership Chair
Ruth A. Obadal, CFO, MIFireE

P.O. Box 10266
Eugene, Oregon 97440
Office: (541) 554-9393
Email: obadal@gmail.com

Christopher P. Riley, MS, CFO, MIFireE
Fire Chief
City of Colorado Springs Fire Dept.
375 Printers Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Office: (719) 385-5950
Email: criley@springsgov.com

Immediate Past President
Scott D. Kerwood, PhD, MIFireE
Fire Chief
Hutto Fire Rescue
501 Exchange, P.O. Box 175
Hutto, TX 78634
Office: (512) 759-2616

Member at Large
William E. Peterson, CEM, FIFireE
Paragon Public Safety & Security Int
P.O. Box 250646
Plano, TX 75025-0646
Office: (972) 377-8486
Email: wppfdtx@aol.com

GA Representative
Bruce H. Varner, CFO, FIFireE
14602 Windward Avenue
Goodyear, AZ 85395
Office: (602) 448-1161
Email: bruce@bhvarner.com