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Why should you decide to sponsor or exhibit at our conference?
How about 1200+? That’s how many current members belong to the Southwestern Division of the IAFC. How about add another 1000 to that number?
That’s the additional impact we have at our state associations. Our state partner associations are made up of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Considering the location of our region (FEMA 4) we have huge impact in the way much of the nation responds to the needs of the American Fire Service.
In Texas alone there are 1,529 registered fire departments SOURCE https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/registry/summary
Register now to exhibit, sponsor or donate to our 2017 Executive Leadership Conference. We appreciate our suppliers and partners. Without you, none of this would be possible. All donors will automatically get a mention in our conference program and brochure
Your participation in the IAFC- Chapter Conference assures even more of the support for training and support goes directly to the members.
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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
Save the Date!!
This exclusive 2-day training symposium led by
Chief Alan Brunacini known as the Godfather of the American Fire Service
February 9 & 10, 2017
Earlier this year, International Code Council (ICC) members voted down a proposal to place the requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes into the annex of the 2018 edition of ICC’s International Residential Code (IRC). However, public comments on this proposal have been submitted and will be heard at ICC public comment hearings in October. ICC’s governmental voting members will get the chance to vote on keeping this requirement intact.
What’s at Stake?
The future of home fire safety in America hinges on winning this vote. Home fire sprinklers represent our best chance of striking at the heart of America’s fire problem, since they reduce the risk of dying in home fires by an astounding 80 percent. Sprinkler requirements have made it into the 2009, 2012, and 2015 editions of the IRC. Placing this requirement into the code’s annex—thereby making it an option for states and local municipalities—would be a huge setback for home fire safety.
Take Action Today
ICC primary representatives must validate their governmental member voting representatives by Sept. 19to vote at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting public comment hearings, or the online governmental consensus vote that follows the hearings. The electronic voter validation site will remain open through Sept. 19. Please make sure your state’s governmental voting representatives are validated by this crucial date and vote in support of safer homes.
Please contact NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team with any questions.
Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee will be meeting
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. CDT
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. (approx.)
The International Code Council Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee will host its semi-annual business meeting at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S 4th St, Louisville, Room TBA on Saturday April 16, 2016, from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.
On Sunday, April 17, the meeting will continue immediately following the Joint Membership Council Meeting that starts at 8:00 a.m.
All members of the Fire Service Membership Council are invited to participate.
You can join the meeting via toll-free teleconference by dialing 1-800-910-8278 and entering ID 8432131 #. If you dial in, please mute your phone until you are ready to speak.
The meeting agenda is available at the Fire Service Membership Council website.
Thank you to the Southwestern Division representative Robert Barnett for his service to the ICC and the members of the Southwestern Division!
For more information on Fire Service Membership Council and to enroll in cdpACCESS click here
Here’s a complete list of representatives on the Governing Committee:
Robert Barnet, International Association of Fire Fighters (Southwest Division), LA
Fulton Cochran, Henderson Fire Department, NV
Ronny Coleman, Fireforceone, CA
Sean DeCrane, International Association of Fire Fighters, OH
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Jackie Gibbs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), GA
Tonya Hoover, National Association of State Fire Marshals, CA
Rick McCullough, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Canadian Division), Canada
George Michehl, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Great Lakes Division), IL
Richard Miller, National Association of State Fire Marshals, MI
Ernie Misewicz, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division), AK
Kelly Nicolello, National Association of State Fire Marshals, AK
Marc Sampson, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Michael Sinsigalli, International Associateion of Fire Chiefs (New England Division), CT
Jim Yates, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Eastern Division), NJ
Adolf Zubia, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, NV
Robert Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations
Jim Brown, ICC Board of Directors
- Began professional firefighting career for the Temple, TX FD-Oct.21,1974
- Promoted to Driver in 1976; received Paramedic Certification July, 1978
- Completed Fire Science degree from Temple College, 1979
- Promoted to Captain of EMS in 1982
- Graduated from Texas State University with Bachelor of Science degree
- Appointed to Fire Science Faculty, Temple College
- Promoted to Deputy Chief in 1988
- Retired from Temple FD December 1995; 21 years
- Appointed as Fire Chief for the City of Del Rio, TX January 1996
- Appointed as Fire Chief/EMC for New Braunfels, TX August 1998
- Appointed as Texas A&M University/TEEX instructor of WMD courses
- Developed Texas Fire Officer Program curriculum and promoted to Program Manager
- Worked closely with Chief Allan Brunacini and Phoenix FD bringing Texas Chiefs to Phoenix to train in their Fire Command Training Center
- Appointed as Superintendent of Fire for Jefferson Parish, LA September 2004
- Appointed as Fire Chief/EMC for City of Harker Heights, TX May 2006-Present
- Master Firefighter certification, TCFP; Chief Fire Officer Designation; Licensed Paramedic
- Vice President of Texas, Southwest Division of the IAFC Board of Directors–2011-present
- Chair of Administrative Council, Florence United Methodist Church
- Member of the Bishop’s Senior Relations Committee, Central Texas Region
Significant Emergency Events
- Countless multiple alarm fires; hostage events; mass casualty incidents
- Luby’s Cafeteria Massacre in Killeen, TX 1991
- Mount Carmel siege, Waco, TX 1993
- Floods of 1998 * – Del Rio, TX (Aug.1998) and* New Braunfels, TX(Oct. 1998)
- Flood of 2001 * – New Braunfels, TX (Aug. 2001)
- Hurricane Katrina *, Jefferson Parish, LA (Aug. 29, 2005)
- Hurricane Rita *, Jefferson Parish, LA (Sept.30, 2005)
(*denotes Presidential Declaration)