Virginia Haz-Mat Team Receives 2002 Warren E. Isman Educational Grant

Quincy, MA, - The NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee recently named the hazardous materials team of the Henrico County, Va., Division of Fire as the 2002 recipient of the Warren E. Isman Educational Grant. The team will use the grant to study biological and chemical terrorism in May at the International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference, sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).

The $2500 grant is awarded to hazardous materials incident response teams from fire, police or other publicly-funded programs seeking specialized training. Qualified teams must have demonstrated excellent leadership and communications skills and must have been trained in compliance with NFPA 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, and NFPA 473, Standard for Professional Competence of EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents.

Recipients must use the grant to attend a hazardous materials conference. Last year's recipient, the Newport News, Va. Fire Department hazardous materials and response team, attended the Environmental Protection Agency's Emergency Preparation and Prevention Conference in December.

The Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee, appointed by NFPA's board of directors, selects scholarship recipients annually based on achievement, leadership, volunteerism, and intention to pursue a career in fire science/fire safety engineering. The Committee also oversees the John L. Jablonsky and David B. Gratz scholarships for graduate students in fire service programs.

For more information on NFPA scholarships, please visit www.nfpa.org.

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