This year, the fire service honored our fallen in a beautiful ceremony held at the PNC Sports Arena at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. Due to the Government shutdown, the hallowed grounds of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was inaccessible for the Sunday Service; however, the families were able to view the Memorial for a brief period of time Saturday afternoon. This was granted due to the efforts of the Honorable Steny Hoyer and Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation staff, the Command Post members, the Ops Teams, and hundreds of volunteers that came from all parts of the country truly performed nothing less than a miracle to pull off what was thought to be the impossible. Months of planning meetings and the Incident Action Plan were voided due to the NETC closure. The new IAP changed minute by minute, but nevertheless, it was a magnificent performance by all. Sleepless nights and long, grueling days of planning and moving proved once again, that nothing is impossible to the fire service when honoring those who answered their last call. The 81 fallen heroes were memorialized with the same dignity and respect as always, and their loved ones proud to be there to see their beloved firefighter honored.
Yes…even with all of the last minute changes:
The NFA has a new offering where you can take two 6 day courses back to back during one trip to the campus on one stipend, It's the best bargain this side of Washington, DC! They have paired like courses within the specific curricula so you can get two for one within your area of interest.
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The Board of Directors and the Members of the NFAAA would like to offer the following EFO graduates a collective "tip-o-the-helmet" on a job well done in being the recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Research Award:
Battalion Chief David Cohen
Mountain Brook Fire Dept., AL
Captain Lauren Johnson
Dallas Fire Rescue, TX
Administrator Scott Somers
Mesa Fire & Medical Department, AZ
Battalion Chief Steven Brooker
Cal Fire/Riverside Fire Department, CA
Mr. Christopher Watson
Austin Fire Department, TX
Asst. Chief Michael Dell'Orfano
South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, CO
Members of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association (NFAAA) and the NFAAA Board of Directors recently gathered in Indianapolis, IN to hold their annual meetings. Click here to review the official minutes from these meetings.
NFA Alumni -
We recently asked Dr. Onieal, "so, what's new?" Well, without hesitation and with true resolve, he started tapping on the keyboard. Lots going on around the campus. For the entire up-date click here.
We're also starting a service for our alumnus called "Ask the Super." Simply send your question to Dr. Oneial at email@example.com. He will forward your question and his answer to us for posting. If you don't want it posted, tell him in your email. Other than that, be safe and bring 'em home every time!
Ron Kanterman, Chief