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Rosalynn Carter

The IFE USA Branch along with our countrymen and many worldwide mourn the death of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. We hope to express our sincere condolences to former President Jimmy Carter and the Carter family. Mrs Carter was a dedicated advocate for 
mental health and actively devoted her life to building a more caring society. For her tireless work in helping humanity, we offer our profound thanks and gratitude. 

Presidents Newsletter October 2023

The IFE-USA Branch would like to convey our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences in regards to the recent passing of Chief Ronny J. Coleman. Chief Coleman’s legendary career spanned over 50 years and has had an incredible impact on both the United States and International Fire Service. He was a long time member of the IFE and was one the original organizers of the IFE-USA Branch which was established in the 1990’s. Chief Coleman served as Fire Chief for the cities of San Clemente and Fullerton and was appointed as the California State Fire Marshall from 1992-2000. He was past president of the IAFC, chaired numerous fire service committees, and authored over 19 books. Chief Coleman’s outstanding legacy and professional achievements for the fire service continue to be felt now and no doubt will have positive future impacts. He will be missed by many and we are thankful for his leadership and friendship.

Congratulations to current IFE-USA Treasurer and Retired Assistant Fire Chief of Greensboro North Carolina, Paul Brooks on his selection into the 2023 class of Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders at the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC). The mission of the NFHC is to preserve the perishable history of the fire services and fire protection disciplines. The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders helps fulfill that mission by providing recognition to those individuals who have made significant contributions and have distinguished themselves in the fire service at the National and International level. Since it's beginning in 2010 only 128 people have been inducted. Chief Brooks is the third inductee from North Carolina. Chiefs Luther Fincher and Andrew Starnes from the Charlotte Fire Department were inducted in earlier years. This is quite an honor to be amongst some of the best Fire Service Leaders in America. Congratulations Chief Paul Brooks. 

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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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