Illinois Fire Service Institute Program Manager, James P. Moore, recently attended the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Responder Forum conducted October 29 to November 1, 2017, in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Chief Moore received a three-year scholarship in 2016 and joined more than 100 attendees who met to advance the fire service. The Responder Forum inaugural class included forward-thinkers from thirteen top fire service organizations who committed to learning about technology, research, and standards for professional development and the optimization of public safety. The NFPA Responder Forum included fire professionals from the following organizations: International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPF), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services (IWomen), International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), Metro Chiefs, National Association of Hispanic Firefighters (NAHF), National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), NFPA Fire Service Section (FSS), National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), North American Fire Training Directors(NAFTD) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA). The Illinois Fire Service Institute and Chief Moore represented NAFTD during the forum.
During the Responder Forum, Chief Moore and participants explored persistent fire concerns and emerging issues including data; smart technology; firefighter health and wellness; occupational exposure; energy storage systems; wood buildings; hostile events; civil unrest; natural disasters; and fire service cultural shifts. They worked on white papers, engaged in breakout discussions, spoke on panels, and connected with fire service innovators from 35 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. Participants, advisors, nominating organizations, speakers, and observers applauded the NFPA Responder Forum’s proactive, progressive formula.