Over the last several years, the Branch has worked diligently to address a number of challenges and grow to meet the needs of our members. We have accomplished much, but much still remains to be done. When asked the “what’s in it for me” question regarding Branch membership; I explain that the IFE USA Branch is the only fire service organization in the United States that has a truly international perspective. However, this is only part of the answer, being a member of the IFE provides an opportunity to serve.
To promote, encourage, and improve the science and practice of Fire Engineering, Fire Prevention, and Fire Extinction, and all operations and expedients connected therewith, and to give impetus to ideas likely to be useful in connection with or in relation to such science and practice to the members of the Institution and to the community at-large.
As we move forward under the leadership of President Phil Stittleburg, I ask each of us to be mindful of the IFE mission and its connection to everything that we do. Give impetus to ideas! Focus on science and its practical application! And benefit the members of the institution and more importantly the communities that we serve. The Branch needs your help to grow and achieve our mission.
Ed Hartin, MS, EFO, FIFireE, CFO