NFPA Regional Director Russ Sanders was honored with the 2018 Everett Hudiburg Award by the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Executive Board. The prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the training of firefighters, and is named after IFSTA publications Editor Everett Hudiburg. Sanders accepted the distinguished honor at the 2018 IFSTA Validation Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma this past weekend.
As NFPA’s regional manager for the central states, Sanders represents NFPA in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Additionally, he is the executive director of NFPA's Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and serves as the President of the United States Delegation to the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services, an organization that represents fire professionals in more than 50 countries.
The University of Louisville alumnus is well-known for being a subject matter expert (SME) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and their partner organizations and educational institutions, on structural firefighting and high-rise firefighting scientific research projects.. This work has guided response training and deployment decisions for fire departments throughout the United States. Prior to joining NFPA, Sanders was Chief of the Louisville Fire Department in Louisville, Kentucky.
On behalf of NFPA’s staff, heartfelt congratulations to Sanders for being recognized for his unwavering commitment to improving and expanding training, and the enforcement of codes and performance standards.
IFSTA could not have picked a better guy!