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Presidents Message May 2022

Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch

Statement of support for Ukraine Fire and Emergency Services


The invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine by Russia has created a human rights, humanitarian, and displacement crisis of unprecedented scale in modern Europe. Along with the harm being felt by the people of Ukraine, Fire and Emergency Services workers who are sworn to protect the Ukrainian people now find themselves under far more perilous conditions than those typically faced in these already dangerous professions. In the midst of a lethal assault by Russia, these courageous Ukrainian emergency responders continue to put service above self to extinguish fires, conduct search operations to rescue trapped victims, and render aid to the injured under wartime conditions.

The Institution of Fire Engineers – USA Branch joins the nations and organizations from around the globe in condemning the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and fully supports the men and women of Ukrainian Fire and Emergency Services as they do all that they can to serve their fellow citizens amid these acts of aggression on their homeland. We urge Fire and Emergency Services organizations across the world to likewise take a stand against these atrocities.

This statement of support is unanimously approved by the IFE-USA Board on 10 March 2022.

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The Institution of Fire Engineers was founded in 1918 in the United Kingdom by a group of eight British chief fire officers. The mission statement they adopted at that meeting continues to guide the Institution in meeting the needs of its members and serving the interests of society:

To promote, encourage, and improve the science and practice of Fire Engineering, Fire Prevention, and Fire Extinction, and all operations and expedients connected therewith, and to give impetus to ideas likely to be useful in connection with or in relation to such science and practice to the members of the Institution and to the community at-large.

The United States of America Branch continues the tradition of fire service leadership in promoting fire engineering established by the forward looking men who established the Institution decades ago and an ocean away. A similarly small group of fire service leaders met in Tulsa, Oklahoma in February 1996 to establish the branch. Today, our membership numbers more than 500 individuals from all parts of the country. 

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