Montgomery County, Maryland Fire Service Leaders Recognized

Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr and Montgomery County resident Hal Bruno, retired Chair National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Chevy Chase (MD) Fire Department Board Member received the President's Recognition Award and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Division Chief Mike Love was presented with the Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award at the 2008 International Association of Fire Chief's (IAFC) Conference in Denver, Colorado last week.

More than 16,000 leaders in the fire and emergency service came together at the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference for fire service leaders. Attendees at FRI network with the key decision makers in the industry attend dynamic and inspiring general sessions, earn career-enhancing credit at pre-conference workshops and participate in conference sessions featuring the latest in fire service education. Battalion Chief John Tippett and Public Information Officer Pete Piringer made several presentations as part of the pre-conference and educational sessions.

Conference workshops cover all areas of the fire service, including navigating the political environment, managing change, ethical leadership, EMS issues and more. On the FRI exhibit floor, more than 600 exhibitors showcase the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, technology, equipment, gear and more.

Each year at the general session the IAFC President honors a number of individuals from the fire service who have contributed in a significant way during the president's term. IAFC President Steve Westerman, (Blue Springs, Missouri) presented this year's awards to Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr and Hal Bruno, as well as Los Angeles Fire Chief Mike Freeman; former chief of police of Ithaca, N.Y. and former Assistant Director of the FBI, Harlin McEwen and Wilson Jones, president of Pierce Manufacturing., Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin.

Montgomery County Division Chief Mike Love was given the Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award, presented by the IAFC and sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC) which honors those who have dedicated themselves to saving lives and property through the development of codes, fire-prevention practices and leadership techniques.

Mike Love was recognized for service, professional abilities and leadership that have been exemplary in promoting the development of life-safety codes and who has served as an example to all fire-prevention and fire-protection professionals.