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Buddy Dewar

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Battalion Chief, Plantation FD; Former Superintendent Florida State Fire College; Former Director Florida State Fire Marshal's Office; VP Regional Operations NFSA. Currently CEO of Buddy Dewar & Associates consulting.

BA Economics; MBA Business Administration with Honors

Past Chair 2003-2005, Florida Construction Coalition, a coalition of Florida’s vast construction industry lobbyists. Also a founding member;
Past Chair, Florida Fire Code Advisory Council, State Insurance Commissioner Appointment;
Past President, Florida State Firemen's Association: Received recognition for drafting and successfully lobbying for a volunteer firefighter death benefit law;
Former Commissioner, State Emergency Response Commission, Governor Appointment; Former Member, Florida Fire Safety Board, Governor Appointment;
Former Member, Law Enforcement Coordinating Council, Middle District of Florida, US. Attorney General Appointment;
Former Member, State of Florida Emergency Medical Service Council;
Member, Fire Marshal's Association of North America – Now renamed as the International Fire Marshals Association;
Former Chair, Affordable Fire Sprinkler Systems Committee;
Former Chair and Member, Florida Public Service Education Advisory Committee, Department of Education, Education Commissioner Appointment;
Former Member, State of Florida Uniform Building Code Committee, Governor Appointment;
Former member of the Health Care Occupancies Committee, Life Safety Code, NFPA 101;
Former Chair and Member, National Fire Protection Association, “Fire Service Professional Standards Development Committee for Fire Fighter Qualifications;”
Fellowship of Christian Fire Fighters;
International Society of Fire Service Instructors;
Florida Fire Chief's Association;
Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association.

"Competency-Based Education,” Rekindle, ISFSI, 1978; "Organizational Design for the Delivery of Fire Service Training and Education," National Fire Prevention and Control Administration Grant A7030, January 1979;
"Fire Fighter Certification, The Fire Service of the Future," Speaking of Fire, IFSTA, Summer, 1984; "Congressional Testimony, Puerto Rico DuPont Plaza Hotel Fire", Congressional Hearings, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, United States House of Representatives, March, 1988;
“Controlling Construction Costs of Educational Facilities”, Buddy Dewar & Olin Greene, Florida House of Representatives, Select Committee on Educational Facility Funding, February, 1996;
“Controlling the Cost of Fire Protection in the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, Florida”, July 15, 1996;
“The Role of Fire Codes in Building Construction”, a paper prepared for the Governor’s Building Code Study Commission, April 1997;
“Residential Fire Sprinklers For Life Safety: An Economic Perspective.” December 1998;
“Performance-based Fire Safety Code for Existing Schools” November 1999; “Residential Fire Sprinklers and Housing Economics – A Legislator’s Guide to Life Safety” – February, 2009;
“The Truth About Residential Fire Sprinklers” – March 2013;
Numerous other papers.

A wall of plaques indicates numerous national and state awards and recognition of my service and ability. Recognition of my programs and efforts was noted in People magazine, May 28, 1979, and Fire Fighter of the Year, Plantation Jaycees, 1975, and recognition from the fire service and staff for my efforts in turning around the Florida State Fire College are among my personal favorites. I was awarded the “Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year” in 2005 from the Florida American Fire Sprinkler Association. Three organizations have honored me with Life Membership; the Florida State Firefighters Association, the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, and the National Fire Protection Association. The Florida Fire Sprinkler Association has named its annual golf tournament the Buddy Dewar Golf Classic. And recognition came from the National Association of State Fire Marshals where I was awarded the 2013 Olin Greene Fire Prevention Service Award, one of the nation’s highest fire service lifetime achievement award. The Florida State Fighters Association presented Buddy with recognition of his lifetime achievements during their 2014 Annual Conference. Buddy was the recipient of the 2015 Golden Sprinkler Award, the nation’s highest award within the fire sprinkler industry. Buddy also received a Resolution from the Governor and Cabinet recognizing his many years of service to the State of Florida on March 10, 2015. He was awarded the 2017 Fire Prevention Person of the Year award from the Alarm Association of Florida.

Buddy Dewar

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  • The National Fire Heritage Center
  • Physical Address: 17701 Creamery Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
    Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 76, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
  • Phone: (916) 667-1313