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Azarang Mirkhah, P.E. (2002) 1947 President’s Conference on Fire Prevention http://www.fitting-in.com/ozzie3.htm

 

Almost six decades ago back in 1947, President Truman invited around 2,000 experts from all across the nation, and had a three day Conference on May 6,7, and 8, focusing on addressing the fire problem in America.  The presidents of all of the major fire organizations like the NFPA, IAFF, and IAFC were actively involved in that Conference and in the development of the reports.

 

 

As I have previously indicated, back in 1998, when I was doing my Applied Research Project (ARP) for my Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy (NFA), accidentally, I found an old, incomplete copy of the reports titled "The President's Conference on Fire Prevention" at the Learning Resource Center (LRC).  I came to realize that this was a
very rare report, not referenced in many publications and not that many people were aware of it's existence.  Simply stated, time had taken it's toll and passage of almost six decades had buried this report in the archives.
 
So earlier this year, I decided to find all of the missing pieces of that report by researching the National Archives, Truman Presidential Library, and the Library of Congress, and put them all into electronic format (Microsoft Words), and in an essence revived and restored them.  I hope by reviving these reports in an electronic form, I can make them more accessible to all members of the fire protection community and the related professional organizations, so that they can not only appreciate their tremendous heritage, but also can build upon it.  These rare reports are truly the heritage of the American fire service, yet unfortunately the absolute  majority of them are not even aware of it's existence.

 

Interestingly enough though, the suggested alternatives and conclusions of these reports are quite progressive even for this day and age. Anyways, last month, when I finished reconstructing the report, I sent it to the USFA and the NFPA and they have posted it on their websites (the way USFA has posted it is much more user friendlier though).

 

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
 
http://www.nfpa.org/MemberSections/IFMA/News/News.asp#rep

Here are the contents of the "1947 President's Conference on Fire Prevention" reports:
 
  * Announcement
  * Program
  * Proceedings
  * Reports of the six (6) working committees:
  * Report of Committee on Firefighting
  * Report of Committee on Fire Prevention Education
  * Report of Committee on Building Construction, Operation, and
  Protection
  * Report of Committee on Research
  * Report of Committee Organized Public Support
  * Report of the Committee on Laws and Law Enforcement
  * Action Program
  * A Guide to Community Organization for Fire Safety
  * Final Report of the Continuing Committee of the President's
  Conference on Fire Prevention (1948)
 
 
  You can also find a brief background information about this report from
  the USFA website, and the Firehouse.com Press Release (Monday, August 19,
  2002), http://www.firehouse.com/news/2002/8/19_FHlv.html
 
  I hope that you get a chance to glance through this report, and that you agree with me that the fire service community could benefit immensely from this report, both as a historical resource and a guiding light.  I would like to strongly emphasize, and I hope you recognize that my persistence in promoting this report is solely to do with the invaluable content of   the report itself, and nothing to do with self promotion at all.  To me, this is about paying homage to the foresight of our predecessors who outlined the path to a much safer community.  All your efforts in promoting this report is greatly appreciated.
 
  Take care.  Oz :-)
   

 

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Azarang (Ozzie) Mirkhah, P.E., EFO, MIFireE 
  Fire Protection Engineer
  Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
  500 N. Casino Center Blvd.
  Las Vegas, NV.  89101
  Phone: (702) 229-6761
  Fax: (702) 385-0718