Date: 2016 SHS Section Candidates
From: Chief Carol Brown, SHS Section Nominating Committee Chair
Candidates for the 2016 SHS Section Elections are as follows:
Chair (uncontested), Chief Scott Kerwood, Hutto, (TX) Fire Rescue
Vice Chair (uncontested), Deputy Chief John F. Sullivan, City of Worcester, (MA) Fire Department
Secretary (uncontested), Deputy Chief Todd LeDuc, Broward (FL) Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services
Treasurer (uncontested), Chief Jake Rhoades, City of Kingman (AZ) Kingman Fire Department
Election June 10th to July 10th 2016
4 positions available – Three at-large directors (3-year term, expiring 2019) One at-large director (2-year term, expiring 2018)
The first three highest vote receivers will receive the 3-year term and the next will receive the 2-year term.
Director-at-Large Daniel J. Kerrigan, East Whiteland Township (PA) Department of Codes & Life Safety
Director-at-Large Chief Greg Willis, Wetumpka (AL) Fire Department
Director-at-Large Chief Kenneth Morgan, Meriden (CT) Meriden Fire Department (Incumbent)
Director-at-Large Division Chief, Nicholas Hempel, Racine (WI) Fire Department
Director-at-Large Assistant Chief, Joanne R. Rund, Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services
Director-at-Large Chief Shawn Oke, Albemarle, (NC) Fire and Rescue Department (Incumbent)
Director-at-Large Fire Chief, Rick Kane, Township of Manheim (PA) Fire Rescue Department (Incumbent)
Dan Kerrigan, MS, EFO, CFO, CFPS. Assistant Fire Marshal for the East Whiteland Fire Department (PA)
I am a 29+ year veteran of the fire service, co-author of Firefighter Functional Fitness: The Essential Guide to Optimal Firefighter Performance and Longevity, where I also serve as the department’s health and fitness coordinator. Over the past several years, I have worked tirelessly on a personal, organizational, and national level to raise awareness on the health-related issues facing the fire service today, regularly working locally and with the IAFC, NFFF, NVFC and other organizations to promote a variety of firefighter health and wellness initiatives. My commitment to firefighter health and safety increases daily, as I focus on mentoring those I come in contact with to become champions of firefighter health and fitness with the overarching goal of reducing line-of-duty injuries and deaths, increasing longevity, and ensuring healthy retirements by:
Working towards access to NFPA 1582-compliant physicals for every firefighter in the country
Access to and emphasis on firefighter functional fitness programs
Access to behavioral health resources
Supporting and participating in current and future fire service research in the area of health, fitness and firefighter safety
Increasing cancer awareness throughout the service, along with measures to reduce occupational exposure
Working with the SHS board on other projects as directed and assigned
My approach is summed up in three words: Attitude, Accountability, and Action. I stand committed to putting forth the effort required of a board member, and I would be honored and humbled to have your support.
Greg Willis, Fire Chief, EFO, CFO, City of Wetumpka Fire Department Alabama
As a longtime member of the SHS Section, I have been active in serving our mission. This service includes four years on the Program Planning Committee, where I have been Chair of the Safety, Health and Wellness educational tract workgroup on multiple occasions. I have represented the SHS section at the Harvard Diet and Workplace Health Conference, participated in the most recent Physicals Summit and served on multiple committees for the SHS section, including Chairing the Election Committee. My educational background, which includes degrees from Troy University in Business Administration and Oklahoma State University in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, has formed a strong foundation in advocating for firefighter health and safety. I am a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program and have been awarded the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. My career has encompassed 30 years and includes service in both volunteer and paid positions. For the last 10 years I have served as Chief of the Wetumpka (Alabama) Fire Department, a combination department. I am proud of the significant progress that our Section has made. As a board member I will support the continuous implementation and improvement of programs through evaluation of data and also seek advancement in additional areas that need to be addressed. I will courageously insist that the importance of our Section’s mission be heard and understood by all who can affect our success. I would be honored to receive your vote and support.
Kenneth E. Morgan, Ph. D., CFO, EFO, MIFireE. Fire Chief Meriden Fire and Emergency Service, Meriden, CT.
I have been a member and advocate for the Safety, health and Survival Section of the IAFC for most of my IAFC membership. I am encouraged by the influence the SHS section has on the fire service, I have been the Chief of the Meriden Fire Department for the last 3 years. I have 28 years in the fire service, including 23 years with Clark County Fire Department. I am an advocate for fire fighter safety. As such I and have published several articles which reflect issues addressing unusual safety issues. They include papers on the Effects of Extended Working Hours in the Clark County Fire Department, Pro’s and Con’s of I joist construction, Sudden Collapse of a Structure: Strategies for Preventing Casualties, as well as articles on mentoring and succession planning. Additionally I successfully lobbied for funding for more ergonomic PPE, PPE washing equipment, and a two hood policy within our department to ensure clean PPE for all members. I also advocated on the state level for a Cancer Bill for firefighters.
I am excited to represent the SHS section members on the board. We have lots of work head promoting the science FSTAR research contributes, addressing Wildland vehicle operations safety, and continuing our support of The First Twenty Project in our effort for health and wellness in the fire service. I would like to thank you in advance for the opportunity of representing you in the future.
Nick (Nicholas) Hempel Division Chief City of Racine (Wisconsin) Fire Department.
I have spent 33 years in the fire service, serving in the US Air Force, USDA as a wild-land firefighter and almost 27 years with the City of Racine FD. I believe I possess the professional qualifications for this position, including a Master’s in Public Administration, B.S. in Fire Science, CFO and CEMSO designations, but the educational achievement I am proudest of is the IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have experience at the Board of Director level, currently serving in board leadership positions for two non-profit organizations locally. I have presented on behavioral health in the fire service locally, within my state and nationally at FRI. I work daily on improving the safety, health and well being of our firefighters. There is no more noble a calling in our profession than reducing the line of duty deaths of our firefighters. Safety, Health and Survival have long been a focus of mine. I feel that merely surviving your career in the fire service is unacceptable. We freely and selflessly give of ourselves and many of us end up scarred, both physically and emotionally.
I would like to advocate for the mental wellness of our firefighters. PTSD, suicide, anger and depression has plagued the fire service long enough. I will work to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and to increase the research, treatment and acceptance of mental health in the fire service. Further, I support physical fitness for our men and women. Physical wellness for firefighters is as important as physical fitness is for a professional athlete, additionally; physical wellness has a direct positive effect on mental wellness.
Joanne R. Rund, Assistant Chief, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, MD
I would like to announce my candidacy for the position of Director-at-Large. I have dedicated 14 of my 29 years in Emergency Services on enhancing the safety and health of our responders. I manage the Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health for a department of nearly one thousand volunteer and career emergency services responders. We must break the sequence of unsafe events that continue to plague our nation’s emergency services. I am driven to improve the essential elements needed to change the culture of our leadership, and require personal responsibility. I will bring my unwavering focus on the continued effort of reducing emergency services fatalities, injuries, and near misses, throughout our nation, by: Advocating for the implementation of the 16 Life Safety Initiatives which work toward enhancing the overall culture of departments, educating our fire and emergency services responders on the focus of integrating risk management tactics, in an effort to reach our goal of zero tolerance for any/all unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. With increasing numbers of suicides among our responders, we must build the support systems needed to provide behavioral health programs for all, and continuing to be available for our most tenured and even retired members. Our efforts must continue to cultivate an accepting culture of behavioral health assistance. We walk a fine line in the effort to save the lives and property of our citizens, while building a culture of reducing the loss of life of our responders.
Shawn Oke, EFO, Fire Chief, City of Albemarle, NC
My commitment to safety makes me a great candidate to continue as an At-Large Director with the Safety, Health and Survival Section. During my tenure as fire chief for the City of Albemarle and on the Section Board I have become an even stronger supporter of creating a safer fire service. My commitment to safety has been demonstrated in my actions as well as my words. My commitment to safety has included many changes within our department since I became fire chief in 2009. Those changes include purchasing two new engines that greatly enhanced our ability to utilize wetting agents in fire suppression, increasing the number of thermal imagers in the department so all on duty personnel have an imager, purchasing a personal 800 mhz. radio for all personnel and greatly improving the quality of our annual physicals to make them NFPA compliant. In addition to the safety improvements within our department I have continued my work as the co-founder of the Kill the Flashover project. It has been an honor and privilege over the past three years to represent you on our Board. During my time on our Board, I have been active in our Board and played an instrumental role in the development of the Wellness Pavilion at Fire-Rescue International (FRI). I have represented our Section on the Program Planning Committee for FRI since my appointment. In addition to these areas I have been active in assisting our Board leadership as they have seen the need.
Rick Kane, Fire Chief/EMC, Manheim Township Fire Rescue
My name is Rick Kane and I am seeking re-election as a Director-At-Large for the IAFC Safety Health and Survival Section. I am the Fire Chief of a combination agency in central Pennsylvania that serves over 40,000 residents from 3 stations in 24 square miles. In my first term on the Board, I was assigned and took on the task of organizing the yearly Safety and Health Week project. After several years the program needed an overhaul, and I worked to assemble a working group to revamp the project, and today we have been able to move that back to the Safety Stand Down. I along with our working group developed field deliverables for you and your agency to use to assist in bringing the important message of the Safety Stand Down to all your personnel. In addition to the Safety Stand Down project, I am assigned as a liaison from the Board to the Fire Fighter Burn Injury project, and recently participated with the Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends joint advisory Board.
I appreciate and have been honored with the opportunity you have provided me to serve you on the Board. I am now respectfully requesting your support for a second term on the Board so I may continue to expand the Safety Stand Down program so it is relevant to all segments of the fire service, and so that I can continue to advocate for the safety and health of all personnel in our great fire service.