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Search for Fire Chief for the Five Cities Fire Authority, CA - Aug. 25, 2014 Deadline!
A search for a Fire Chief for the Five Cities Fire Authority of California is being conducted by CPS HR Consulting with an August 25, 2014 filing deadline.

The Five Cities Fire Authority is seeking an energetic leader and Executive Officer capable of developing a strategic plan and bringing exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to the position. The Authority oversees operations in the California cities of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and Oceano.

The ideal candidate will be a progressive, forward thinking, and motivated individual who should be visible in the community and responsive to the concerns of the Fire Board and the residents.

A Bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field, and six (6) years increasingly responsible fire prevention and emergency operation experience including three (3) years of management and administrative responsibility are required. Preference will be given to candidates with possession of the California State Chief Officer Certification and/or graduation from the National Fire Academy Executive Officer program.

The Annual Salary for this position is $115,044 - $139,896 annually.

To view the recruitment brochure, click:

The final filing date is August 25, 2014.

For more details please contact:
Frank Rojas
(916) 471-3111
Email: frojas@cpshr.us

Vision 20/20 Update

NEW - Online Guide

Vision 20/20, a project funded by an AFG Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers, has been working on implementing Community Risk Reduction (CRR) programs to demonstrate their application in the United States. Modeled on the highly successful programs used in the United Kingdom and Australia, the concepts of CRR have been implemented in a number of communities including Dallas, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; Vancouver, Washington; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and others. Representatives of these communities, and other national fire safety experts, were brought together to discuss the lessons learned and help chart a course for future expansion of this program based on the collective experience.

The report, which is a compilation of the discussions held at this two-day symposium, is available for download.

This report represents the culmination of a great deal of work by too many people to mention. It is a result of the lessons learned symposium conducted by the task group working on the Vision 20/20 strategy to increase the importance of fire prevention efforts within the fire service. That task group is led by Bill Kehoe of the Institution of Fire Engineers, and Victor Stagnaro of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The point of the report is to pass on lessons learned from those who have experience implementing community risk reduction efforts through the fire service. There is a great deal of information here for those interested in digging deeper ñ but weíre confident this is only the beginning of many more such efforts to come. There is a growing list of case studies on the Vision 20/20 web site at www.strategicfire.org.

Philadelphia's Fire Commissioner Talks Fire Prevention
as a result of the Vision 20-20 program, National Strategies for Fire Loss Prevention, which the US Branch sponsors, the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner has turned his department around regarding its involvement with fire prevention. Read on

Membership Fellow Grade Criteria
The following criteria have been adopted for US Branch members desiring to advance to the Fellow Grade of The Institution of Fire Engineers. More..

Commemorative IFE Coin

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the US Branch, this coin has been struck to commemorate the occasion.  The obverse (front) shows the seal of the US Branch and the reverse (back) shows the Great Seal of the United States of America.  Click  for more information. Click for press release.

NIST: Fire Research Information Services
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) provides Fire Research Information Services (FRIS) to fire protection engineering, scientists, and fire service personnel around the world.  The FRIS has more than 55,000 items in its collection.  These include published reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and audiovisual items.  For more information go to www.bfrl.nist.gov/fris

Community Safety Programs in CTIF Member Nations
The International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF), an international fire service organization, commissioned a paper to look into the programs used by several countries in their effort to provide fire safety education to their citizens. This paper summarizes programs of 18 different countries. Click to View (pdf version. Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

Join in on the Latest Debates on Fire Safety and Engineering
The International Association for Fire Safety Science operates a mailing list by which people participate in on-line discussions. The Association holds triennial symposia, publishes the Fire Safety Journal, and provides its publications, at a discount, to its members and engages in other learned activities to the benefit of the fire science and engineering community. To subscribe/unsubscribe send an email with the words "sub iafss" (or "sub sfpe") in the message body. Click to visit the IAFSS website.

Contact Information

The Institution of Fire Engineers
United States of America Branch
P.O. Box 10266
Eugene, Oregon 97440  USA
(541) 554-9393 - Phone

Shipping Address (Parcels):
P.O. Box 10266
Eugene, Oregon 97440 USA

Executive Board

Harry R. Carter, PhD, MIFireE
P.O. Box 100
Adelphia, NJ 07710
Office: (732) 431-1639
Email: drharrycarter@optonline.net

William D. Killen, CFO, FIFireE
526 Whitehall Road
Church Hill, TN 37642
Office: (423) 765-8789
Email: nschsto@charter.net

Treasurer & Membership Chair
Ruth A. Obadal, CFO, MIFireE

P.O. Box 10266
Eugene, Oregon 97440
Office: (541) 554-9393
Email: obadal@gmail.com

Christopher P. Riley, MS, CFO, MIFireE
Fire Chief
City of Colorado Springs Fire Dept.
375 Printers Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Office: (719) 385-5950
Email: criley@springsgov.com

Immediate Past President
Scott D. Kerwood, PhD, MIFireE
Fire Chief
Hutto Fire Rescue
501 Exchange, P.O. Box 175
Hutto, TX 78634
Office: (512) 759-2616

Member at Large
William E. Peterson, CEM, FIFireE
Paragon Public Safety & Security Int
P.O. Box 250646
Plano, TX 75025-0646
Office: (972) 377-8486
Email: wppfdtx@aol.com

GA Representative
Bruce H. Varner, CFO, FIFireE
14602 Windward Avenue
Goodyear, AZ 85395
Office: (602) 448-1161
Email: bruce@bhvarner.com