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NFPA Chair Phil Stittleburg meets Pope Francis to present personalized fire helmet

Blog Post created by Lauren Backstrom Employee on Dec 23, 2013
Phil with Pope
Chief Phil Stittleburg meeting Pope Francis


Helmet presentation
President Ferlise presenting the personalized fire helmet to Pope Francis.


On November 20, 2013, Chief Phil Stittleburg (Chair of the NFPA Board of Directors) was a member of a delegation to the Vatican from the Organization de Bomberos Americanos (OBA). The delegation was able to meet Pope Francis and present him with a personalized fire helmet. The delegation included OBA President Carlos Ferlise from Argentina and representatives from Paraguay and Ecuador as well as Chief Stittleburg. The group also met with members of the Argentine government at the Argentine embassy in Rome.