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Industry Veteran Joins Firehouse
Greg Toritto has been named group publisher of Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com. Toritto, who has been involved in the fire service industry for more than 13 years, most recently served as managing director of Fire Chief and the Wireless Communications Group at Penton Media, which included Fire Chief, Urgent Communications and the International Wireless Communications Expo.
“Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com have done an excellent job reaching the decision-makers in the first responder community and engaging the fire service through our print, online and social media outlets,” said Toritto. “Firehouse will continue to expand its content offerings and our goal is to always provide first responders with the critical information they need, when and where they need it.”
“Greg is highly respected in the industry and will be a key asset to the Firehouse franchise as we move forward,” said Executive Vice President Scott Bieda. “Engaging decision-makers has been a strong focus for our staff, which has led us to develop new products, including our Firehouse iPad app and our mobile products.”
FEMA Releases National Preparedness Report
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners released the 2012 National Preparedness Report (NPR) identifying significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Overall, the report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards.
“This report illustrates areas of national strength to include planning, operational coordination, intelligence and information sharing, and other response-related capabilities,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As we continually assess and aim to meet the full vision of the National Preparedness Goal, we must continue to build on the significant progress to date and address identified opportunities for improvement.”
The Report reflects how the nation has made significant progress addressing opportunities for improvement identified after events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. For example, the 9/11 attacks revealed limited information sharing across the government and the private sector, but since that time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a national network of fusion centers and has standardized policies. Additionally, DHS has been closely coordinating with the Joint Terrorism Task Forces for sharing information across the whole community.
To read more on this report or to download a PDF of the report, go to
Fire Officials Selected for Harvard Program
Four senior fire officials will receive fellowships to attend the Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program this summer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The 19-day program includes other state and local government leaders from across the United States and other countries with a focus on exploring the interrelationships between citizens and government, analyzing policy options, and examining the ethical and professional responsibilities of exercising leadership.
Those selected are Claude Beauchamp, Director of Operations, Quebec National Fire Academy, Laval Quebec Canada; Martha Ellis, Division Chief, Salt Lake City Corporation Fire Department, Salt Lake City, UT; Matthew James Fratus, Fire Chief, City of Rialto Fire Department, Rialto, CA; Bertral Washington, Fire Chief, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas, NV.
Fellowships for this program are provided by Fire Protection Publications/International Fire Service Training Association (FPP/IFSTA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) administered the competitive selection process and coordinated the final phase which took place at USFA's National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland on April 30.