The first day of our new, invitation-only Responder Forum think tank was held today in Indianapolis. The event brings together long-respected fire services leaders, up-and-coming first responders and innovative subject matter experts in one space to tackle the emerging issues that fire departments are now facing. The main goal of this new Forum was to have representatives from thirteen major fire services organizations partner with government officials, regulators, researchers, analysts, academics and others to create a pathway from research to standards. Forum attendees represent different fire service disciplines, regions of the country, and skill sets. Invitees were nominated for a three year commitment by leading fire organizations because they bring intellectual curiosity and invaluable on-the-job perspective to the discussion.
The audience listened to panel presentations by an impressive lineup of panelists who addressed different aspects of three hot topics: Smart Firefighting/Robotics; Data Collection, Analysis and Results Delivery and Civil Unrest. During the day, attendees asked the experts questions, discussed each topic at length, raised questions, identified gaps in infrastructure, protocol, staffing, budget or communications, and determined what type of work needed to be done to further develop the understanding of these issues. Forum attendees have been charged with creating that piece of work over the next five months, which can include things like a white paper, a request for a change in standards, identifying a need for new research, or a must-have strategy for outreach and advocacy.
We are excited to see how much of an impact these attendees and their work will have on the future of the fire service, their constituents and the communities that they serve.
With one NFPA Responder Forum welcome dinner and jam-packed day of innovation on the books, Responder Forum invitees, speakers and NFPA staff look forward to an equally stimulating Day Two covering key issues such as Presumptive Cancer and Fire Dynamics and the Application for Firefighting Tactics. Stay tuned!