Metro Chiefs meet in Orange County/Orlando, Florida

April 19, 2017 The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2017 annual conference in Orange County/Orlando, Florida from April 7-13. Approximately 120 Metro chiefs from Canada, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States attended the conference and elected the Section’s 2017-2018 officers and board members.

The new officers are:

  • Chief Otto Drozd, president; Orange County, Florida Fire Rescue Department
  • Chief Jon Hannan, vice president; Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department
  • Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, secretary; Oakland, California Fire Department
  • Chief Michael Duyck, treasurer; Tualatin Valley, Oregon Fire & Rescue Department

The new board members are:

  • Chief John Lane, board member; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Fire Paramedic Service
  • Chief Luther Fincher (retired), senior board member; Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department
  • Chief Don Lombardi, alternate board member; West Metro, Colorado Fire Protection District
  • Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, immediate past president; Austin, Texas Fire Department

Miami Fire Chief Maurice Kemp issued the oath of office to the new officers and board members.

The Metro Chiefs bestowed the following 2017 Metro Awards:

  • Oklahoma City Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant received the President’s Award of Distinction;
  • Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn was named Fire Chief of the Year
  • Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Harold Hairston posthumously received the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Commissioner Hairston’s wife, Mrs. Anne Hairston, accepted the award on her husband’s behalf.)

Acting USFA Administrator Dr. Denis Onieal, IAFC President and Chair of the Board Chief John Sinclair, IAFC CEO and Executive Director Mark Light, NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley, and Chief Roy Wilsher, Chair of the United Kingdom National Fire Chiefs Council were among the many dignitaries addressing the chiefs. Also during the conference, Metro President Rhoda Mae Kerr signed a Memorandum of Understanding with President Dino Padayachee of the South African Emergency Services Institute.

A comprehensive education program included updates and presentations on numerous topics focusing on the following three major themes: Fire Dynamics and Data; Occupational Health and Safety with emphasis on cancer and mental health; and Terrorism/Fire and Smoke as a Weapon. Other topics covered included Community Risk Reduction, Career Survival and more. The chiefs also passed resolutions expressing unanimous support for numerous initiatives, such as the NFPA Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation, the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation, and research into potentially dangerous substances included in PPE as well as others.  

The 2018 Metro conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas and hosted by Chief Charles Hood. The conference will be May 4-10 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel.

The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. Its members belong to the IAFC and NFPA and are the fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 350 fully paid career fire fighters. For more information, contact Metro Executive Secretary, Russ Sanders.  

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