NFA Selects Outstanding Research Award Winners

EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has awarded six fire service executives the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Outstanding Research Award. The six winners were selected from the academy’s 565 Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) applied research papers. Awarded annually, the NFA Outstanding Research Award recognizes excellent applied research projects completed by EFOP students.

“These applied projects are innovative and demonstrate creativity and excellence in research design,” said acting USFA Administrator Ken Burris. “Many of the EFOP research projects have resulted in improved delivery of fire protection and emergency services.”

The 2000 Outstanding Research Award recipients are

* David R. Ott, fire chief, Imperial Beach (CA) Dept. of Public Safety

Paper: “Identifying and Evaluating Training Criteria for the Development of a Company Officer Training Program”

Course: Executive Development

* Carl Ray Austerman, deputy chief, Glendale (AZ) Fire Department

Paper: “Value Statements: A Bedrock Foundation for an Organizational Constitution”

Course: Executive Leadership

* Donald R. Adams, Sr., fire chief, Osceola County Public Safety Dept., Kissimmee, Fla.

Paper: “Protective Ensembles for Firefighting Challenge the Balance and Stability of Firefighters”

Course: Strategic Management of Change

* Marilyn R. Arnlund, fire marshal, City of Maple Grove, Minn.

Paper: “Firefighters’ Attitudes Toward Fire Prevention Activities”

Course: Strategic Analysis of Community Risk Reduction

* Dana W. Cole, division chief, California Forestry & Fire Protection, St. Helena, Calif.

Paper: “The Incident Command System: A 25-Year Evaluation by California Practitioners”

Course: Executive Planning

* H. Michael Drumm, fire chief, Mason (OH) Fire Department

Paper: “Identifying the Core Values of the City of Markham Fire Department”

Course: Executive Planning

To obtain a copy of the six projects (Executive Fire Officer Outstanding Applied Research Awards 2000), contact the National Fire Academy, Executive Programs Branch, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Md., 21727; or call (800) 238-3358, extension 1639, and leave your request on voice mail. You can also obtain a copy of the individual outstanding research projects from the U.S. Fire Administration’s Web site at

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