Hundreds of firefighters paused Monday to pay silent tribute to Bob Barraclough at Annual Apparatus Symposium of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), an event he helped create 23 years ago.
During the past year, Barraclough told people close to him it was time for the next generation of firefighters to take charge at FDSOA. At Monday’s symposium opening, Janet Wilmoth, editorial director at Fire Chief magazine, praised Barraclough for his commitment to education and for his passion for putting people together to advance their knowledge and the cause of safety. She urged everyone to take that message home and create new networks for the benefit of the fire service.
After the military, he went to work for National Foam and later took executive positions at Hale Pumps, E-ONE, Span Instruments and Class 1. In recent years he testified as an expert witness in litigation involving fire industry products and was a consultant to Rosenbauer America.
He was honored at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in the spring of 2004 as a recipient of The Joe Fishelson Award, which is presented annually to recognize those who have “given back” to the fire and emergency service industry.
One of his favorite shows was the world’s largest, Interschutz, which is held every five years in Germany. He would return with photos to illustrate European innovations that he promoted through presentations to firefighters at venues across the country, which always included the annual FDSOA Apparatus Symposium.