The 2017-2018 Board of Directors didn’t waste any time in continueing the work by the previous board of directors. Led by President Randy Parr, he is being assisted by the 1st Vice President Shauwn D. Howell.
Fire Chief Howell is currently the Fire Chief of Pine Bluff Fire Department in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Chief Howell was promoted to Fire Chief on December 30, 2011. Before the appointment he served as the interim chief for 7 months.
Howell is a graduate of Dollarway High School, has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Central Arkansas and an associate’s degree in fire science from Southeast Arkansas College. Howell has worked for the department for 12 years, serving as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, training director, public information officer, deputy fire chief and interim fire chief. Howell has been deputy fire chief since 2010. Howell has served in a supervision position with the department for six years. He worked part-time as an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy in Camden from 2007 to 2009.
His training credentials are as follows:
AAS Fire Science
Firefighter 1 – 2 – IFSAC
Company Officer 1 – 2 – IFSAC
Instructor 1 – IFSAC
Arkansas Fire Academy Instructor
To learn more about Chief Howell please visit his page with Pine Bluff Fire Department
Chief Robert Benoit of Lafayette, LA was elected as the 2nd Vice President by the members at the annual business meeting which took place on October 7 in Houston, TX.
The role of the 2nd Vice President is to assist the President and First Vice President of the Division. In the absence or inability of the President and First Vice President shall assume all duties of the President. He shall also be the Chairman of the Membership Activities of the Association.
Chief Benoit began his career in 1979 when he entered rookie class for the Lafayette Fire Department. He rose up the ranks in Lafayette with numerous positions. He was appointed the Fire Chief in 1993 and remains in that position today. During his tenure with LFD he served as an adjunct instructor for LSU-Eunice from 1992-2000.
Chief Benoit has been a member of the IAFC since many years. He has also served many positions on various committees representing the Southwestern the IAFC Constitution and By-Laws Committee.
We welcome Chief Benoit to the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Division. He brings with him many years in education and training and will be beneficial to the mission of the Southwestern Division of the IAFC.
Chief Benoit will host the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference in his home town of Lafayette, LA. He currently is also on the Education/ Conference Planning Committee.
|Meeting Type:||Board of Directors Monthly Meeting|
|February 15, 2017||Start Time:||2:00pm|
|Phone Number:||641-715-3580 ACCESS||Access Code:||549868|
|President Bradley call to order 2:04 pm|
|Director Moatts called roll. Quorum present
1 absent as marked above
Fullingim verbally reported financials
|State vice presidents verbally reported monthly activity.
Moatts verbally reported activity for the month
Robichaux verbally reported IAFC activity
Louthan reported on the Leadership Academy held in Oklahoma City as successful; Moatts reported the interest from other areas of the country and recommended that the SWD look at hosting another Academy for next February as well as similar classes out of other divisions.
President Bradley posed the question to the board giving Moatts authority to move forward with sponsoring another Leadership Academy for February 2018 and also partnering with other divisions that would like to host the academy. Motion by Randy Parr, 2nd by Roy Robichaux, motion carried.
|Moatts reported on the Command Symposium held in Pflugerville. Total attendance 112. Overall there was a profit made for the Association. Complete report was read and distributed to the board.
Moatts recommended that the board support continue supporting this class for next year as per special request from Pflugerville Fire and Hutto Fire Chief Scott Kerwood.
President Bradley posed the question to the board giving Moatts the authority to move forward with sponsoring another class in 2018. Motion by Randy Parr, 2nd by Roy Robichaux, motion carried.
Dennis Pacheco presented the request from Mike Jaffa for the SW Board endorsement. After discussion it was decided that no endorsement from the board would be allowed without bringing the membership for a vote.
Dan Eggleston also requested to have the SW Board endorse his candidacy for 2nd VP, but due to policy, the Board is not allowed to endorse a candidate that is not from the Division.
Lexipol Cooperative Partnership- Moatts provided the board with a benefits flyer from Lexipol. After some discussion President Bradley recommended that Moatts gather more facts and testimony to the feasibility of a Lexipol partnership. However, Lexipol will be a sponsor/partner for the Conference in October. Potentially discuss the partnership in person in October, or sooner.
|Nothing for the good of the association, motion to adjourn at 4:01 pm|