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NATIONAL FIRE HERITAGE CENTER PRESIDENT PENS HISTORY

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William D. "Bill" Killen, National Fire Heritage Center President/CEO and past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, has authored and published  History of the Apollo and Skylab Astronaut Rescue Team . The release of the 186-page book coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 12, the sixth crewed flight in th...
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September 2019 – Newsletter

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Page not found – National Fire Heritage Center The NFHC is a non-profit organization working to preserve the written history of “fire in America.” https://fireheritageusa.org/newsletters/nfhc-september-2019-newsletter/download ​
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Nomination Instructions: The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

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BACKGROUND The National Fire Heritage Center Board of Directors has opened nominations for the Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL). Nominations will be accepted from July 1, 2019 through August 15, 2019. The HLLL provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the Fire a...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Ceremony at FDIC International 2019

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  On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Opening Ceremony Day 2 of FDIC International 2019, the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC), which serves as a research facility for fire departments, collectors, fire service professionals, and others who need detailed specifications, base information, and general history relative to the fire service, inducte...
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Nomination period for the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders opens Jan. 15

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Nominations for the Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL) will be accepted from Jan. 15 through Feb. 28, 2019. The HLLL provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the fire and emergency services mission. We encourage your submittal of individuals who you believe have ...
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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class of 2018

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The Board of Directors of the National Fire Heritage Center met in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Oct. 8, 2018 and inducted the following fire and emergency services leaders into the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders. Ronny J. Coleman Retired Fire Chief, California State Fire Marshal, and founding president of the National Fire Heritage Center Ronny ...
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September 2018 collection donations

The National Fire Heritage Center recently received two very generous donations of storage equipment and historic texts. Flat files The NFHC was pleased to receive four flat files donated by Jay Livingston of Livingston Fire Protection. The files are ideal for preserving large old-time photos, drawings, posters and even smalls (stored in acid-free ...
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Open-ended questions for oral history interviews

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This is Part 5 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. The types of questions you ask are critical to the success of your interview. Open-ended questions are questions that encourage people to talk about what is important to them...
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Oral history tools of the trade and interview questions

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  his is Part 4 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. The pre-plan In preparation for your interview, you should: Learn as much as you can about the person beforehand. Bring a file folder of archived material. Be prepared ...
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Put your money where your mouth is

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  You have probably heard this old cliché before, "Put your money where your mouth is." The inference is that when you talk about a particular course of action, it doesn't make much difference how much talk you engage in unless you actually do something about it. On the one hand, it is great to have vision and to be pursuing a course of action...
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Preplanning your oral history interview

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This is Part 3 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. There is a pretty good chance at this point that you already know a person that you would like to interview. If not, look around your organization and you will probably find ...
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Ethical considerations for oral history interviews

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This is Part 2 in a series of articles that provide oral history guidelines for those who share our passion for collecting American fire history before it is lost to the ages. Interview styles If there is a contemporary interview style that you could easily identify with and effectively adopt, it might be that of a mental health care professional. ...
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Benjamin Franklin Fire Writer’s Award winner announced

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The National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) has announced Fireproof Children/Prevention1st of Rochester, New York, as the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Fire Writer's Award for authorship of the formal text, "Juvenile Firesetting: A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention." The award was presented on July 26 to Prevention1st president Molly Cl...
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Wingspread VI conference report

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The sixth Wingspread conference was held last year in Racine, Wisconsin. Wingspread conferences are convened once every 10 years to discuss issues impacting the fire and rescue service now and into the foreseeable future. Forty-three fire and rescue leaders were invited to this intense three-day meeting. Conference participants discussed fourteen i...
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Conducting oral history interviews

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The American fire service is fascinating in terms of the breadth of its history, the richness of its traditions, and the deeply embedded values and beliefs of those that serve this profession. The National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) exists precisely to document and hold in trust the history and culture of the American Fire Service for future gener...
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40 years ago: The day the American fire service changed

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A fire that swept through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, on May 28, 1977, killed 162 people and injured more than 100. As a result of this tragedy, national fire codes for public assembly occupancies were changed to require — for the first time — fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems to help prevent such an event from happeni...
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Sprinkler System Dedication

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Following months of massive work, planning and coordination, the April 8 sprinkler system dedication ceremony was accomplished with 200 visitors on hand. NFHC leadership attending included President Coleman, who served as emcee, plus a number of officers, directors, key personnel and staff. The dedication was followed by lunch at the Emmitsburg Sen...
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Tree dedication in memory of Jan Gratton

 A memorial tree was planted on April 24 at the National Fire Heritage Center in memory of Jan Gratton, a national leader in public fire education. Jan's family — daughter Laurie Welton, granddaughter Jenny and grandson Frank — traveled from California to help plant the tree. The U.S. Fire Administration's Mary Marchone and Doc Kinny with the ...
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