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|| Notes From The Secretary By Mike Schoenberger

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he year certainly commenced on a very sad note with the loss of Phil Turner. The tribute to Phil in the last FAMA Flyer expressed our sentiment, and undoubtedly touched all of us. I commend Jerry Halpin, who was stepped up to serve as our new President for the next two years. As you know, this role is the most demanding position on the board, but Mr. Halpin quickly assumed this leadership and focused the board on the initiatives we are responsible for. Also, we are pleased that Bill Bruns graciously volunteered to fill the role of the Vice President this year. Bill’s proven experience and professionalism is very welcomed, and we feel honored to announce his addition to the FAMA board. As a first year FAMA Board member, I can honestly say it has been very exciting and a unique privilege to serve on the board, and to work closely with members of this organization. My involvement with FAMA started in 1997 when I attended my first meeting. Since then, I have been to every meeting, and continue to be amazed at the progress FAMA has made towards our key initiatives and increase of focus on pertinent issues. The progresses FAMA has made in the last 10 years reflects on what this organization has accomplished historically, and its commitment to several issues that continue to keep the board and committees on task. It was nice to see and talk to many FAMA members at the Fire Rescue International in Atlanta. This year’s new venue was a nice change of pace, and hopefully the event proved to be beneficial for you. This year’s trade show originally was scheduled for New Orleans; however, the IAFC decided to can-

cel the contract with New Orleans and move FRI to Atlanta. I had the pleasure of representing FAMA on the FRI site selection committee two years ago. The objective of the committee was to select locations for the conference for years 2010 through 2015. Initially, 14 cities were considered and requested to return a proposal package. The site selection committee then evaluated the proposals and decided to visit seven of the initially considered venues. Atlanta was a top choice due to location, the size of its convention center, close and reasonably priced housing, and convenient travel to the international airport. If you recall, FAMA sent out a survey to all members requesting evaluation of the seven cities that were being considered; Atlanta received the highest rating. The cities selected for the 2010–2015 conference rotation are Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver and Dallas. Other interesting news includes the completion of a study of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). The purpose of the study was to assess the performance of the AFG program, identify new strategic directions and recommend ways to most effectively plan, manage, and measure accomplishments. The academy panel recommended several new strategic directions to increase the program’s impact on public health and safety outcomes. The report is nearly 200 pages in length and contains many outstanding facts about the fire service. A copy of this study can be found on the NAPA website (www.napawash.org), and is definitely a recommended read. I’m looking forward to the fall FAMA meeting in Monterey. As usual, the planning committee has put together an exciting schedule of events, so please do not forget to register and join in the fun! Alongside with this great team, FAMA would like to invite you to become an active committee member. Please contact us to gain more information or volunteer. Thank you, and we will see you soon in Monterey! ■

|| Technical Committee Update By Guy Lemieux, Co-Chair

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he FAMA Technical Committee met on August 25th in Atlanta, Georgia, for its fall meeting. The event was sponsored through the generosity of FireRescue Magazine. Robert Tutterow, Health & Safety Officer from the Charlotte (NC) Fire Department, was the keynote speaker, and provided a great presentation on department safety. Robert’s presentation touched on the obvious vehicle safety concerns as well as general occupational safety concerns for fire fighters. Details of the meeting will be included in the minutes, and will be posted, along with Robert’s power point presentation, in the member area of www. fama.org for all members to review. The Chassis Subcommittee hosted a special meeting to discuss 2010 emission plans. Representatives from each chassis manufacturer will travel to each engine plant at the end of October to gain a full understanding of the 2010

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Pat Hester, Robert Tutterow, and Guy Lemieux emissions and the impact it will have on fire apparatus. The committee will then determine if an industry exemption should be sought. ■

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