Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the NFPA Urban Fire Forum (UFF) September 4-7th. USFA Chief Ernest Mitchell, IAFC CEO and Executive Director Mark Light, United Kingdom Chief Fire & Rescue Advisor Peter Holland and Chief Fire Officers Association of the United Kingdom incoming President Peter Dartford were also in attendance.
The group endorsed the following three important documents as official UFF-Metro Chief position papers:
- Fire and Smoke as a Weapon
- Fire Behavior and Tactical Considerations
- Fire-Based Community Healthcare Provider Programs
“The fire service today faces greater challenges than ever before and responds to a broader range of emergency and catastrophic events,” said NFPA Metro Chiefs Executive Secretary Russ Sanders who coordinates the event. “These position papers are critical resources for departments to use to apply the latest fire research and implement best practices for usual and extraordinary circumstances.”
According to Sanders, the Urban Fire Forum brings together the fire chiefs who are responsible for protecting some of the largest urban centers in the world. The program objectives are to provide the chiefs an opportunity to learn from their peers and expert speakers, and for NFPA to stay abreast of current trends and needs in the fire service. The core group of the Urban Fire Forum is the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) Executive Board. These chiefs are joined by a select group of at-large Metro Chiefs.
The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. Its members belong to the IAFC and NFPA and are the fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 350 fully paid career fire fighters. For more information, contact Metro Executive Secretary, Russ Sanders.