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President's Message


    Institution of Fire Engineers United States
    of America Branch


    June 2020



    Branch Members:


    Greetings from the Institution of Fire Engineers – United States of America Branch. I am honored and humbled to serve as your President during these most uncertain times.


    I am inspired by all fire and emergency services personnel involved in the response to COVID-19. This pandemic has become yet another opportunity for our industry to reinforce the value we bring to our communities and to highlight the dedication of our brave men and women. It has also exposed a number of vulnerabilities that have gone unaddressed in our country, that when this is all over, will provide lessons-learned to make our organizations (and our ability to provide service) more resilient than ever before.


    We are a member-driven organization. I want to hear from all of you over the next year about what IFE USA can do to better serve you, and to engage you, in the work we do on behalf of our industry. Please reach out to me at: to share your ideas!


    Here are some highlights of the goals I have established for this year:


    -Create opportunities for member participation, involvement, and impact.

    -Study and implement strategies to increase membership and to expand the value of membership.

    -Establish ad-hoc committees for Research/Technology and Responder Safety/Wellbeing.

    -Increase our marketing and social media presence.

    -Update and implement, with a workplan, the Branch Strategic Plan.

    -Establish operating policies in support of Branch operations and the constitution and bylaws.

    -Continue to grow and develop the partnership with Vision 20/20 for community risk reduction.

    -Partner with affiliate groups to support national legislative efforts that support the fire and emergency services industry.


    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does provide a glimpse into our planned trajectory.


    In closing, my thanks to Immediate Past President Richard Balmer for his leadership over the last year and my gratitude to our entire Board of Directors for their tireless dedication to our mission. I look forward to both the challenges and opportunities the coming year brings us and the chance that both provide to make a difference!


    Stay safe, share kindness, be healthy!

    Nathan J. Trauernicht, MIFireE

    President – IFE United States of America Branch