Fire Prevention & Protection, Hazmat, Leadership

NFPA Names Toronto Haz-Mat Team Recipient of 2003 Warren E. Isman Educational Grant

Quincy, MA – The nonprofit NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee recently named the Toronto Fire Services Hazardous Materials Team of Toronto, Canada as the 2003 recipient of the Warren E. Isman Educational Grant. The team will use the grant to attend the International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference in May, sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).

The $2,500 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.

The grant was initiated by the IAFC to honor Isman, a former Fairfax County, Va. fire chief, following his death in 1991. A senior instructor for the University of Maryland Fire Service Extension Program, Isman wrote three fire-related textbooks and served as a member of the IAFC board of directors and as chair of both NFPA’s Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel and IAFC’s Committee on Hazardous Materials. In 1993, NFPA assumed responsibility for the grant’s distribution following establishment of the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund.

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 and the George D. Miller scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fire service or public administration programs.