Leadership

Fire service identity is part of the plan for FEMA’s Office of Training

Issue 3 and Volume 141.

Fire service identity is part of the plan for FEMA’s Office of Training After a controversy that lasted more than half a year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new Office of Training finally opened just before Christmas. It combines all of FEMA’s training programs in one office. But the man who’s running it, John B.K. LaBarre, says, “I have every intention of keeping the National Fire Academy a separate entity that maintains its unique character and image.” The reorganization had been delayed by congressional opposition last summer. The Senate Subcommittee on Fiousing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies had remained “deeply concerned about FEMA’s commitment to its fire and training programs.” LaBarre says the atmosphere of last summer hasn’t yet gone away. “It keeps coming up over and over. Part of it may be justified in the sense that the training has had a number of different heads. Now, here’s…

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