Last week, NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA hosted the 2011 State Fire Chief President's Forum. 37 states sent representatives from their respective fire chief associations. The Forum kicked off on Thursday, October 27th with a reception and dinner, including opening remarks from Gary Keith, NFPA Vice President of Field Operations and Education, Ken Willette, NFPA Division Manager of Public Fire Protection, and Chief Al Gillespie, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board.
Over the next two days, the Chiefs listened to many NFPA presentations on various projects and documents. One of these was from John Hall, Division Manager of NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research, who reviewed the Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service, including state by state reports. Additional topics included overviews on NFPA's Electric Vehicle project, Public Education, Fire Protection Research Foundation, and breakout sessions with NFPA Regional Directors.