USFA Announces the 2010 Annual Outstanding Research Award Winners

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration announced three fire service executives who will receive the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) 2010 Annual Outstanding Research Award. This award recognizes Executive Fire Officer Program students for their research projects. The award winning projects will be presented and defended during the 23rd Annual Executive Fire Officer Symposium on April 29 – May 1, 2011, at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Sixty Applied Research Projects were evaluated at the 4.0 level during 2010, the highest number in the 26-year history of the Executive Fire Officer Program. In commenting on the announcement of the 2010 awards, Deputy Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines stated that “the task of selecting these outstanding applied research efforts becomes more difficult each year. This is a result of the overall increase in quality in recent years, and is a credit to all of our executive program participants and faculty. The Applied Research Projects selected this year provide evidence regarding the diversity and nature of the problems confronting today’s fire and emergency services organizations.”

The Executive Fire Officer Program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various and challenging facets of fire administration. Over a four-year period, the officers continue their professional development in four courses at the Academy, which are recommended for either graduate-level or upper division baccalaureate credit equivalency by the American Council on Education. Participants in the program are required to complete an applied research project in their organization that attempts to resolve a problem or solution through the conduct of original research within six months after the completion of each of the four course areas.

Deputy Administrator Gaines further stated, “I know that an applied project is different than just a research paper. These projects require the authors to create new information and result in efforts to resolve problems or issues. The range of topics chosen this year for Applied Research Projects provides an illustrated example of the scope of issues that our senior executives must deal with. I sincerely congratulate the award recipients for their excellence.”

The 2010 Outstanding Research Award recipients are:

Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction Course Awardee: Edward Fleming, Division Chief Orange County Fire Authority, Irvine California
Emergency Plans at Santiago Elementary School: Are Current Plans Adequate for Responding to Wildfire Threats? (PDF, 123 Kb)

Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management Course Awardee: Darin Reid, Deputy Chief, Stanwood Camano Fire & Rescue, Camano Island Washington
What Are the Efficiencies of a Mass Vaccination Drive-Through Clinic Compared to a Walk-In-Clinic? (PDF, 673 Kb)

Executive Leadership Course Awardee: Stephen Marsar, Captain, Fire Department of New York, New York City New York
Can They Be Saved? Utilizing Civilian Survivability Profiling to Enhance Size-Up and Reduce Firefighter Fatalities in the Fire Department, City of New York (PDF, 885 Kb)

To obtain a copy of the four 2010 Executive Fire Officer Outstanding Applied Research Award projects, contact the U.S. Fire Administration, Executive Fire Officer Program, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland, 21727; or call (800) 238-3358, extension 1639, and leave your request on voice mail.

You can also review and download a copy of the individual outstanding research projects from the U.S. Fire Administration’s website at

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