MCFRS News Release

Montgomery County Fire Service Leaders Recognized at Fire-Rescue International Conference

Trio Noted for Contributions to Safety, Wellness and Training

Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr and Montgomery County resident Hal Bruno, retired Chair National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Chevy Chase (MD) Fire Department Board Member received the President’s Recognition Award and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Division Chief Mike Love was presented with the Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award at the 2008 International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Conference in Denver, Colorado last week.

More than 16,000 leaders in the fire and emergency service came together at the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference for fire service leaders. Attendees at FRI network with the key decision makers in the industry attend dynamic and inspiring general sessions, earn career-enhancing credit at pre-conference workshops and participate in conference sessions featuring the latest in fire service education. Battalion Chief John Tippett and Public Information Officer Pete Piringer made several presentations as part of the pre-conference and educational sessions.

Conference workshops cover all areas of the fire service, including navigating the political environment, managing change, ethical leadership, EMS issues and more. On the FRI exhibit floor, more than 600 exhibitors showcase the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, technology, equipment, gear and more.

Each year at the general session the IAFC President honors a number of individuals from the fire service who have contributed in a significant way during the president’s term.  IAFC President Steve Westerman, (Blue Springs, Missouri) presented this year’s awards to Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr and Hal Bruno, as well as  Los Angeles Fire Chief Mike Freeman; former chief of police of Ithaca, N.Y. and former Assistant Director of the FBI, Harlin McEwen and Wilson Jones, president of Pierce Manufacturing., Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin.
Montgomery County Division Chief Mike Love was given the Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award, presented by the IAFC and sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC) which honors those who have dedicated themselves to saving lives and property through the development of codes, fire-prevention practices and leadership techniques.
Mike Love was recognized for service, professional abilities and leadership that have been exemplary in promoting the development of life-safety codes and who has served as an example to all fire-prevention and fire-protection professionals.

2008 IAFC President’s Recognition Award

Fire Chief Tom Carr, Montgomery County (Md.) Fire & Rescue
For his commitment to firefighter safety and especially for his tireless support of the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System. He is an unsung hero of this nationally-recognized program, having contributed the time and resources of his department to the successful management of the program since its inception.  He offers us all an example of what can be achieved if we think beyond our own departments and contribute our time and talents to something bigger than ourselves. Chief Carr leads a department of exceptional chief and company officers. Also at the IAFC conference Division Chief Mike Love received the 2008 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award, cosponsored by the IAFC and the International Code Council and recently at the Fire Department Instructors Conference Assistant Chief Denise Pouget received the Safety Officer of the Year and Battalion Chief John Tippett was recognized as the national Instructor of the Year. Several others are regular contributors to national public safety publications.

Mr. Hal Bruno, Retired Chair, National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Chevy Chase, Md. (Montgomery County)
For his steadfast leadership in the fight against line-of-duty deaths and injuries. He has challenged the fire service to take care of ourselves, take care of each other, and take care of our families.  As with any great leader, he has challenged us not just with words, but with his personal action and conviction.

Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman, Los Angeles County Fire Department
For his continued contributions toward ensuring fire departments have the tools and information to fulfill their homeland security mission.

Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., Wilson Jones, president, Appleton, Wis.
For their commitment to exploring innovative design and engineering that has resulted in the development of new vehicle technology that is enabling industry and the fire and emergency service to reach new heights in firefighter safety.

Harlin McEwen, former chief of police of Ithaca, N.Y.; former Assistant Director of the FBI; currently communications advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, serving as chair of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust

For his dedication to improving public safety communications capabilities, and his ablity to build bridges between fire, EMS, law enforcement and others to ensure that we are working together toward common goals.