By Dr. Bill Jenaway, Ph.D. Executive Vice President Education, Training & Consulting
Every 10 years since 1966, a small group of fire service leaders gather to discuss the future of the fire service. Significant advances were made from the results of these events, known as Wingspread IV.
Now, there are new and different challenges mounting for all of those involved in making America fire-safe.
The Wingspread I Conference held in 1966 was the catalyst for bringing the best and brightest in our country to common understandings and to develop a unified problem-solving approach that was documented and distributed. In the last six decades, and in particular since 9/11, this nation’s fire community has been tasked with a vast array of new additional responsibilities to help manage homeland security. At the same time, the larger baby boomer population has brought on additional challenges, such that a defined “new beginning” is warranted and can be achieved partially via Wingspread VI Conference.
Wingspread has served national and international gatherings to discuss strategic work on social, economic and equality issues. The goal of Wingspread VI is to develop Statements of National Significance to the FireRescue problem in the U.S. VFIS President Troy Markel and Vice President Bill Jenaway were privileged to participate at the event.
The 43 person group representing a cross-section of America’s fire and EMS community leadership addressed such issues as:
• The Fire and EMS problem
• Fire service unity
• Firefighter safety
• Volunteer, combination and career issues
• The customer
• Training, certification and credentialing
• Technology and its impact
• Sustainable revenue
• Labor and management
• Deployment standards
• Fire prevention for fire safety public education
• And more
The full report and additional information is forthcoming in the near future. VFIS News and e-blasts provide updates.
For more information, you can view thenfhc.org–archives.