USFA Selects Four Fire Service Executives To Receive Outstanding Research Award

Emmitsburg, MD – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has selected four fire service executives who will receive the National Fire Academy’s Outstanding Research Award. FEMA chose the four officers from a pool of 681 candidates who are part of the U.S. Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).

“We are pleased to be able to make this award to these fine candidates, who have continued their professional development through FEMA training programs,” said Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “These executives represent the highest echelon of fire service professionalism and are great models for their peers.”

This award recognizes excellent applied research projects; the four research award papers will be presented at the 16th EFOP Symposium on April 16-18, 2004, in Emmitsburg, MD.

“These applied research projects represent innovation, creativity, and excellence in research design. Their recommendations undoubtedly will yield benefits to the public in the months to come,” said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. “During the past year USFA has made further improvements as to how we structure the applied research element within our EFOP. These papers are examples of how research can save lives and make our organizations dedicated to reducing fire loss, more efficient.”

The EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on fire service leadership and administration. Over a four-year period, the executives 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 six months after the completion of each of the four course areas.

The 2003 Outstanding Research Award recipients are:

  1. D. John Garino, Battalion Chief, Wayne Township Fire Department, Indianapolis, IN
    Paper: Evacuation and Shelter Instructions for Residents of Large Apartment Buildings for the Executive Development Course.
  2. David A. Hayes, Deputy Chief, City of Tulsa Fire Department, Tulsa, OK
    Paper: Identifying and Addressing Sick Leave Use Trends for the Tulsa Fire Department for the Executive Leadership Course
  3. Shane Ray, Fire Chief, Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, Brentwood, TN
    Paper: Expansion of the Incident Command System in a ‘Mayday Situation for the Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management Course
  4. Andrew G. Smerz, Deputy Chief, City of Milwaukee Fire Department, Milwaukee, WI
    Paper: Fire and Life Safety Education for the Elderly for the Leading Community Risk Reduction Course

A copy of the outstanding research projects is available at

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