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Goodloe Receives Leadership Award

The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors selected Marcine D. Goodloe of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association as the recipient of the 2012 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The presentation took place at the 24th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 26th at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC.

Goodloe was recognized for her 40 years of leadership in advancing the fire service agenda at the local and state levels in the state of Maryland. The first female ever elected as President of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, Goodloe is currently serving her ninth term as president. During her tenure, she has successfully negotiated a number of agreements between the association that represents 1,800 volunteers and the county government. In addition, she has advanced a number of key policies relating to training, physical standards and drug and alcohol abuse testing. 

“Marcine Goodloe’s record of achievements embodies the legacy of Mason Lankford,” said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. “For 40 years, she has made the fire service her passion, her mission and her journey. Much of her work has been done at the local level, yet her achievements have resonated well beyond the state of Maryland. She has been both a role model and a trailblazer, who has earned the respect and admiration of many government leaders at the local, state and federal levels.”


Firefighters Ahoy

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) practice shipboard firefighting during an Advanced Damage Control Firefighting class at the Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Center for Naval Engineering Firefighting School. The sailors recently graduated from the Advanced Firefighting course at Yokosuka Center for Naval Engineering Firefighting School in Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith/Released)


Firefighter Apprentice Program Expands

The San Bernardino County Fire Department has expanded its Limited-Term (LT) Firefighter Program. The LT Program was created in September of 1998 as an opportunity for those wishing to become a career firefighter to gain on-the-job experience. This apprentice program has met with very positive feedback and many participants of the program have gone on to become full-time professional firefighters. In 2011 alone, 10 LT Firefighters accepted job offers and moved on to continue their career in the fire service.

Currently there are 31 filled LT firefighter positions in County Fire, eight of which are paramedics. With the expansion of the LT Program, by mid-2012 County Fire will have 76 LT firefighter positions that reach out to all corners of the County.

“The LT Firefighter Program is a great opportunity for a potential firefighter to learn and experience firefighting duties first hand,” stated Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. “Past recruitments have garnered approximately 300 applicants, showing the need and value of the program.”

For a complete list of requirements, visit the department’s website at


Appy Honored with Fire Safety Education Award

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU) recently announced a new sponsorship agreement for the Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education.  Established in 2007, the Phillips award is presented annually at the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner for outstanding achievement in fire safety education.  As part of the announcement, the two organizations named Meri-K Appy as the recipient of the 2012 Award. 

Former president of the nonprofit Home Safety Council, Appy is widely regarded as the fire and emergency services’ leading advocate for public safety education.  She specializes in simplifying injury prevention and disaster preparedness messages, concepts and strategies for greatest impact, especially for audiences at highest risk.  Appy spearheaded the development and national delivery of three award-winning injury prevention programs including Risk Watch (NFPA), The Home Safety Literacy Project (Home Safety Council) and Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and Their Families (Home Safety Council). Now head of her own consulting company, Appy is working on a number of national fire safety initiatives, including Vision 20/20 and a new public education initiative with USFA:  “Fire is Everyone’s Fight.”


Equipment Wanted

Bonanza High School’s Fire Science Academy, Las Vegas, NV, is looking for donations of equipment. Bonanza is the only high school career and technical education Fire Science program in Nevada, according to Christopher M. Batterman, Fire Science Academy Lead Instructor. The goal of the program is to certify the students in their Firefighter 1, CPR/AED, basic EMT as well as obtain college credit for the program. Students will understand laws, regulations and requirements needed within the fire science profession and will be introduced to first aid, CPR, AED and basic life safety techniques.  If you would like to make a donation, contact Batterman at


This Month in Fire History

June 2, 1983, Cincinnati, OH

Air Canada DC-9 in-flight fire kills 23


June 5, 1946, Chicago, IL

LaSalle Hotel fire kills 61


June 6, 1982, Falls Township, PA

K-Mart warehouse fire loss worth $190 million


June 8, 1917, Butte, MT

Metal mine fire kills 163


June 10, 1905, Squaw Mountain, ME

First forest fire lookout tower staffed


June 17, 1972, Boston, MA

Hotel Vendome fire kills 9 firefighters


June 19, 1977, Los Alamos, NM

Wildfire damages 15,000 acres


June 23, 1913

First NFPA Committee on Safety to Life is appointed


June 27, 1990, Santa Barbara County, CA

Forest fire loss worth $334 million


Courtesy of NFPA


For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page XXX.