WASHINGTON, D.C. -- James Lee Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced action today on the U.S. fire service community's Blue Ribbon Panel Report. Director Witt appointed Rich Marinucci, former International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) president, as a senior advisor to work directly with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Academy (NFA).
"Our goal is to ensure that FEMA and the USFA work closely with the fire service community in charting our mutual efforts to address the fire issues of the 21st Century," Witt said. "This is an exciting time and we are pleased that Chief Marinucci has agreed to bring his experience and expertise to guide our efforts to implement the key recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel report."
Chief Marinucci will be involved in a USFA and NFA management review, development of a plan for the future of the USFA's major programs, USFA funding and resource management plans and the closer integration of fire issues into FEMA's ongoing strategic planning process.
Chief Marinucci is currently fire chief of the Farmington Hills, Mich. Fire Department. He is also an adjunct professor in the fire science program at Oakland Community College. Chief Marinucci has co-authored courses for the National Fire Academy, taught IAFC workshops and is a highly respected leader in the fire service community.
The Blue Ribbon Panel's review of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) - initiated by FEMA Director James Lee Witt last spring - is available on the USFA website. The report includes a review of the structure, mission and funding of the USFA, future policies, programmatic needs, course development and delivery, and the role of the USFA to reflect changes in the fire service.
The panel included 13 members of the U.S. fire community and was chaired by Stephen P. Austin, representing the International Association of Arson Investigators. The co-chairman was Steven T. Edwards, Director of the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute.