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Coleman currently is chairman of the International Accreditation Service's Technical Advisory Committee on the Accreditation of Fire Prevention Bureaus, president of the National Fire Heritage Center and an author of more than 19 textbooks for the fire community. A prolific writer, dynamic speaker and passionate leader, Coleman has been at the forefront of many advances in firefighter leadership, safety, fire prevention, code enforcement, training and technical innovation.
“Ronny Coleman’s remarkable career has had an immeasurable impact on our nation's fire and emergency services,” said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. “On so many of the major issues involving firefighter safety, Ronny has been at the forefront advocating and challenging others to embrace the cause of firefighter and public safety.”
Past recipients of the CFSI/Motorola Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award include: Kevin O'Connor, International Association of Fire Fighters; Hal Bruno, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association; and Chief Raymond M. Downey, FDNY (who was given the award posthumously).
Now That’s Recycling! Members of the Sayville, NY, Fire Department pose in front of a vehicle donated by Gershow Recycling for the fire department’s extrication exercise. In support of local Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services crews, Gershow Recycling donated the vehicle for an extrication exercise in which firefighters extricated a “victim” from a car involved in a “crash” using the Jaws of Life.
Fire Risk Reports Released
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has issued three special reports, as part of its Topical Fire Report Series, examining the risk of death or injury from fire by various demographics, such as age, race, and gender. Fire Risk in 2007, Fire Risk to Children in 2007, and Fire Risk to Older Adults in 2007 were developed by the National Fire Data Center, part of USFA. The reports explore factors that influence risk and are based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), and the U.S. Census Bureau. These reports are an update of the previous fire risk reports that were issued in April 2008. These reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. For more information regarding other topical reports or any programs and training available from the United States Fire Administration, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.
Dodger’s Fire Truck Dream Comes True
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal is from the town of Loma de Cabrera in the Dominican Republic. The town has about 7,000, one fire department, but no fire truck. So Furcal decided to do something about it. The idea of sending a fire truck to his hometown came up during his last contract negotiations. General Manager Ned Colletti was so impressed that he actually had it put in as part of Furcal’s contract “I talked to the Dodgers, and wondered if they could help me out,” said Furcal. “And they made my dream come alive.”
On February 15, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and the charity Los Bomberos, presented Loma de Cabrera with its first fire truck. The LAFD donated the retired truck, the Foundation paid for it to be shipped to the Dominican Republic and Los Bomberos, a nonprofit group of L.A. firemen who help third-world countries obtain retired fire trucks, helped refurbish the truck and will send representatives to Loma de Cabrera to train local firefighters how to use it.