September 8, 2017– Fire Chief Mark Piland, Frisco Fire Department, has been extended a three-year scholarship from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to partake in the organization’s Responder Forum with fire service leaders and up-and-comers from more than 30 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. The 30 year fire services veteran was nominated for the NFPA Responder Forum by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
The Responder Forum is a first-of-its-kind think tank designed to build a bridge from research to practice by highlighting emerging issues and persistent life safety challenges that the fire service must understand, take action on and champion.
Chief Piland will join fire professionals in Quincy, Massachusetts from October 29-November 1 for three days of discussion, education and insights that will help inform the codes, standards, research, training and communications developed by NFPA to support the fire service. The Frisco, Texas resident is part of an exclusive group of 100 forward thinkers nominated by thirteen major fire services organizations including the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services (IWomen), Metro Chiefs (METRO), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters (NAHF), the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), the NFPA Fire Service Section (FSS), the North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA).
“The Responder Forum brings together rising stars and outside-the-box thinkers who offer a fresh perspective, a noteworthy work ethic, and a deep understanding of the fire service,” NFPA’s Fire Services Segment Director Ken Willette said. “It is a collaborative and proactive program that fosters future leaders and is unlike any other fire services initiative out there.”
Members represent a wide range of fire service disciplines including apparatus operators, firefighters, lieutenants, captains, battalion chiefs, district chiefs, division chiefs, assistant chiefs, chiefs, fire rescue officers, fire marshals, fire educators, fire inspectors, firefighter/paramedics, arson investigators, public safety officers, subject matter experts, research associates, state advocates, and program managers. Topics discussed at the Forum include: firefighter cancer, contamination concerns, occupational health and wellness, data solutions, smart firefighting, communications and technology, drones, active shooter incidents, civil unrest, and community risk reduction. Participants are required to partake in pre-event conference calls, fulfill reading assignments, actively engage during the program, and complete any post-event assignments.
This year marks the third year for NFPA’s Responder Forum. The original class of 2015 will be recognized during a special ceremony at the Forum.