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Assistant Chief Chad Roberson took the oath of office on October 7, 2017 to represent the state of Louisiana on the IAFC-Southwestern Division. Before joining our board, he has been heavily involved with the IAFC by volunteering his time on various committees within the organization.
Chief Chad Roberson is a 29-year veteran and assistant fire chief for the St. George Fire Protection District in East Baton Rouge Parish. Roberson has a master’s degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an associate degree in fire science from Louisiana State University Eunice (LSUE). Roberson graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) program and has been awarded the Certified Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Roberson currently serves on the Emergency Management Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is a current executive board member of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Foundation and the Louisiana Municipal Association. He is also currently serving as President of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association
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.
SW Division President Tom Bradley along with members of the executive committee have met to discuss the current needs in Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey. President Bradley commented with Texas and Louisiana located in the heart of our division, we feel it’s critical that we offer this local assistance. Executive Director Moatts has been in touch with vendors and suppliers who are also willing to help the division and leaders of the area as soon as more information is gathered. “We don’t want to be a nuisance, we just want them to know we are here if and when needed” – Chief Tom Bradley.
Moatts has been in touch with division president-elect Randy Parr, fire chief of Tomball Texas. Chief Parr is dealing with flooding in his town. Tomball is located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston. Chief Parr stated that his unmet needs are “help with evacuation and care of the people.”
The leadership of the Division is conducting a needs assessment with area leaders. Currently operations are still in rescue phase however, the recovery phase will bring additional challenges and needs at that time as well.
Moatts also reached out to Louisiana vice president Robert Benoit, fire chief of Lafayette Fire Department to offer assistance as they prepare for the potential of flooding from tropical storm Harvey.
Fire Chief James LeBlanc of St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department in Ascension Parish announced that Lamar-Dixon Conference Center is being used as a donation collection site for the Harvey relief effort. Chief LeBlanc reflected on the tragedy that struck his community last year. “A year ago this week the Texas people showed up in Louisiana with supplies that we needed, so we want to return the favor to them, ” as quoted to WAFB9.
More information of the relief efforts will be available in our electronic newsletter or visit http://swdnewsletter.wordpress.com
Greetings Members of the Southwest Division,
The last eight months has been busy for the Southwest Division. Perhaps the most important objective of my presidency has been to bring relevance to our division. You asked, and we delivered. Currently we are working to re-design our electronic monthly newsletter which highlights what’s going on within each state in our Division as well as upcoming training events. We have also brought a first of it’s kind training program; the SWFCA Leadership Academy for Chief Officers. It teaches our future chiefs what to expect when they put on the Fire Chief’s hat. With coaching and mentoring classes online, this training is designed exclusively for the Southwestern Division’s members. Each session is unique and personalized. We also are bringing modern incident command training through our Command Symposium series taught by Chief Alan Brunacini and friends.
In addition, during the past 8 months after numerous conference calls and two meetings with the IAFC Board of Directors along with every Division President and Secretary back in the spring of this year, a partnership between the IAFC and the Divisions was signed into policy. This historical occasion also brought debate over conflicts between the Divisions and IAFC. From this governance committee surfaced a resolution to conflicts of interest between the IAFC and Divisions which was signed by the Divisions and IAFC. This agreement will assist all federation members in reaching a fair resolve when an issue may arise. I wish to thank the SWD Board members for their vital input and assistance in helping to resolve this issue with the IAFC and other Divisions.
As we look forward to the SWD IAFC Executive Leadership Conference and Vendor Expo in Houston Nassau Bay, Texas this October, we are continuing to bring great content such as education and product showcases, I would also like remind our members that we hold annual elections for new and existing board members. We also will have some constitution and by-law proposals on the ballot. Please exercise your right as a SW Division member to cast your vote. We need your input to move this Division forward, maintaining our place as the greatest division in the IAFC.
This year Chief Randy Parr of Tomball Texas will be sworn in as the new President of the Division. Please make plans to join us in celebrating Chief Parr as he takes the baton, working with our Board and members to continue the growth and prosperity of this great division.
Fire Chief Tom Bradley
Stillwater Fire Department
President, SW-IAFC 2016-2017
FOR PDF VERSION OF LETTER DOWNLOAD HERE Letter from T. Bradley 2017
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The Southwestern Division is geared and ready to invite our members to a special luncheon in their honor this year during the Division Luncheon. Expect to see a little something special for our members. For a small fee of $10 you can expect to receive an exceptional meal as well as take part in a special presentation, exciting plans for the upcoming year and a sneak peek into our first Executive Leadership Conference hosted in Houston, TX.
If you have registered to attend FRI in Charlotte this year, be on the look-out for a special invitation-only link to attend the SW Division Luncheon.
See you in Charlotte!
Chief Alan Brunacini is perhaps the most iconic figure in the American fire service. From his beginning as a firefighter in Phoenix, AZ he has taken his knowledge and experiences on the road, for a 2nd time beginning in 2016 with Command Symposium 2016.
February 9 & 10 Chief Bruno along with a host of expert instructors brought this new series of incident command to Plfugerville for Command Symposium 2017. The list of instructors included Chief Dennis Rubin, Captain Richard Miller, Chief Cecil Clay, Chief Scott Kerwood and Captain Michael Anderson. We also had a special join the panel, Mr. Bobby Halton of Fire Engineering Magazine.
The attendees learned about the functions of command and organizational structure. The class is very interactive and all instructors encourage students to ask questions. Chief Brunacini is also known for coining the phrase BE NICE, and follows this philosophy throughout the 2-day program.
Chief Kerwood lead an afternoon session on the importance of Standardized Operating Procedures (SOP). He has been recognized by numerous organizations for the implementation of SOP’s within his own department and Williamson County Emergency Services Division.
Captain Richard Miller of IAFC’s FSTAR Project discussed the importance of the work done through FSTAR (Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research) A large part of keeping our firefighters safety is consistency in fire ground and incident command. FSTAR also fights for legislation such as firefighter physicals.
Chief Cecil Clay (ret) City of Oklahoma City also joined Captain Miller with another segment involving firefighter safety and statistics.
Pflugerville, TX has already confirmed to host next year’s first class of Command Symposium 2018! Dates February 8 & 9. Details to follow
Discount offered to Southwestern Division Members!!! Register now and save $60
We’re excited and honored the 4th Annual Station Design Conference will be held in the historic, 80-acre Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, May 3–5, 2017.
This renovated 500,000 sq. ft. complex is shared by Fort Worth fire and police headquarters and expansive training venues.
Located in one of two pre-WWII warehouses, the Fort Worth Fire Department has repurposed the historic facility into modern offices, auditoriums, classrooms and offers extensive training scenarios—a must-see facility!
This year’s program has expanded to provide three days of immersive education on fire station design presented by award-winning architects and project managers of fire stations and public safety facilities to guide you through the journey to your new fire station.
- Meet one-on-one with expert architects for an objective review and discussion of your department’s plans.
- Gain insights into the bidding/construction process.
- Learn about the newest technology and innovations designed to boost performance and response times.
- Become knowledgeable about the latest design trends in security, safety, firefighter health and more!
- Network with fire chiefs, officers, public safety officials, award-winning architects and project planners from across the country.
Special Discount for Southwestern Fire Chiefs Assoc. members!
Register now and save an extra $60 on top of Early Bird pricing—That’s $160 off on-site pricing! Use promo code: SWFCA (Early Bird pricing ends on 3/15/17)
Whether you’re thinking about your next fire station, or already in the process, you won’t want to miss this event!
The Gatlinburg Firefighters Association has established the Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund to aid those Gatlinburg Firefighters and Police Officers who lost their homes and contents in the fire, which in part spread from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the eastern Tennessee resort city of Gatlinburg. The fire burned about 1,000 buildings in Sevier County, including hundreds in Gatlinburg, killed 13 people and injured about 85 people.
Donations should be made payable to The Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund, Account # 1090021864. Donations may be mailed to Smartbank, ATTN: Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund, PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge Tennessee 37868. Electronic transfers may be sent to Smartbank. The routing number for this fund is 064209216.
For additional information contact Kandra McCarter Phone: (865) 936-7130; Daniel Lindbert (865) 430-8687 or David Puckett (865) 712-0726