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President's Message

    Welcome members and guests, to the home page of the Institution of Fire Engineers – USA Branch.  I invite you to review the various aspects of our website as I think you will find the site is filled with both interesting and thought-provoking data.  Our goal is to gather a variety of information from fire professionals around the world with various backgrounds and viewpoints so that we can better safeguard our communities and the lives of our fellow citizens.

    Over the past year, we have been celebrating the culmination of the IFE’s first 100 years in existence, and the strong foundation that has been established. It’s upon this strong foundation that I feel the IFE-USA branch is poised to continue its aid to its members by providing a clear vision and understanding of how to reduce the effects of fire on civilization.

    Under the leadership of Past-President Phil Stittleburg, we have made great progress in developing partnerships with several organizations, that are at the forefront in fire protection research and education. I look forward to the IFE-USA Branch continuing and expanding on these achievements.  My goal is to make the Branch a vital resource for its members as they seek answers, share ideas, review research, and aid in professional development.

    I am proud to say we are one of the strongest branches in the Institution of Fire Engineers. This is evident by our members being elected to International Officer positions. The International President-Elect is none other than our very own Bruce Varner, and he is the second Branch member to hold this office; the first was Bill Peterson, who is now our membership chairman. The Branch also boasts the Vice Leader position on the International General Assembly is held by Mark Chubb, a past President of the IFE- USA Branch.

    So, as you can see the IFE-USA Branch is a strong organization, and we invite our members to become even more involved as we move forward and take advantage of all that the Branch has to offer.  I’d like to thank the membership for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve as your current President, and I am excited to begin work with our board and its new members.

    Thank you

    Richard S, Balmer, MIFireE, CFO