QUINCY, MA — Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum in Quincy this week.
NFPA Metro Chiefs Executive Secretary Russ Sanders and coordinator of the event said that to meet the challenges fire fighters face today, fire chiefs must understand and embrace the latest research and have access to quality and timely data in order to prepare members of their departments for the broad range of emergencies and catastrophic events that have become commonplace in the United States and throughout the world.
Sanders added that these position papers are critical resources for departments to use to apply the latest fire research and implement best practices for usual and extraordinary circumstances.
According to Sanders, the Urban Fire Forum brings together fire chiefs who are responsible for protecting some of the largest urban centers in the world. The program objectives are to provide the chiefs an opportunity to learn from their peers and expert speakers, and for NFPA to stay abreast of current trends and needs in the fire service. As part of the overall mission of the UFF, chief officers share UFF position papers and associated information with fire officers from all over the world.
The officers of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) Executive Board make up the core group of the UFF. These chiefs are joined by a select group of at-large Metro Chiefs.
The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S. and abroad.