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Sampson awarded 2014 Harvard SMREA Scholarship

(April 23, 2014) Marc Sampson of Longmont, Colo., has been named the recipient of the FLSS and IAFC Foundation scholarship to attend the 2014 Harvard Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (SMREA) course starting in late September.

"We're pleased to make this award to Marc Sampson and we know he will represent the IAFC and FLSS well," stated Adolf Zubia, FLSS chair. "As a fire protection engineer for the city of Longmont, he is in an exceptional position to put the knowledge gained in this course into action immediately. Marc's experience will serve him well as he embraces the concepts presented in this course, which is designed for officials in regulatory and enforcement agencies."

Sampson graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in fire protection and safety technology. He's a member of the Missouri Valley Division, FLSS and the IAFC. He currently serves on the International Code Council's Fire Code Action Committee as well as on the Fire Service Membership Council's Governance Committee representing the IAFC. Sampson has worked as the fire protection engineer for Longmont for the past 18 years.

"I'm honored and proud to accept this scholarship and I am very excited to think about the opportunity to participate in this program," said Sampson. "My experience as a fire protection engineer will be greatly enhanced through this learning experience, as will my professional career and I look forward to learning the latest information that will most certainly be a part of this leadership course. As a member of the National Fire Code Action Committee, I'll be able to put this experience to use immediately for our nation and my community."



IAFC Foundation receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

(April 3, 2014) The IAFC Foundation, providing first responders with the educational opportunities they need to lead the fire service and serve and protect our citizens, announced it has received $61,630 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, the IAFC Foundation will expand the reach and participation in the Future Leaders Scholarship Programs and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Officer Development Program (ODP) including Company Officer Leadership Symposia (COLS), Chief Officer Leadership Symposia (CHIEF), and .Executive Chief Officer Leadership Symposia (ECO).

Read the full release here.



4th Annual Big Dog Challenge Golf Tourney

(September 27, 2013) A BIG Thank You to 1-800-BOARDUP for a successful 4th Annual Big Dog Challenge Golf Tourney in Chicago!


IAFC Foundation Board Member Garry Briese accepts the large donation from
1-800-BOARDUP’s Jeff Clohessy, Vice President Training & Operations and
Brian O”Malley, Director of Emergency Services, Denver Metro .




Celebrating the Legacy of Art Glatfelter

(May 23, 2013) Genuine. Passionate. Visionary. Honesty. Caring. Ethics. Renaissance Man. These are only some of the words that have been used to describe Art Glatfelter, founder of Glatfelter Insurance Group..

"I think Art has served as an example of what many people would like to become," said Robert Wood, United Way of York County executive director.

"No businessman did more for the first responders of America than Art Glatfelter," Congressman Curt Weldon said.

"Art's attitude toward life was work hard, be friendly, do what's right," said Luther Sowers, board member of York-Adams Red Cross.

A celebration of life event took place honoring Glatfelter on May 19, 2013 at the York Expo Center in Pennsylvania. More than 700 guests attended and shared fond memories of the great leader and extraordinary humanitarian who passed away on Feb. 14, 2013.

Click here to view this special video tribute as it takes you through a journey of Glatfelter’s life and how he successfully built one of the largest all-lines, full service retail agencies in South Central Pennsylvania.



First recipient of Harvard Scholarship announced

Shane Ray - Harvard Scholarship recipient(February 26, 2013) The IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section (FLSS) and the International Association of Fire Chief Foundation (IAFCF) have awarded Chief Shane Ray, South Carolina state fire marshal and battalion chief of Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department near Columbia, S.C., a scholarship to attend Harvard University's 2013 Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies course in April. This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded.

"We are excited to announce the first beneficiary of this new program. We know that Chief Ray will represent our section well," Chief Adolf Zubia, chair of the FLSS, said. "As state fire marshal for the state of South Carolina, he is in a unique position to put the knowledge gained in this course into action immediately."

The IAFCF and FLSS will continue to support the program in the future. Look for announcements about scholarship opportunities in September 2013.



Former board member Art Glatfelter leaves lasting legacy

(February 15, 2013) It is with great sadness that Glatfelter Insurance Group shares the news of the passing of our distinguished leader, Art Glatfelter.

Art, who founded the company in 1951 and worked tirelessly serving the unique needs of the insurance industry through 2012, passed away on Feb. 14, 2013. Words cannot express the deep sense of loss being felt throughout the company he built with such passion. He was instrumental in establishing the IAFC Foundation and he served on the Board of Directors and most recently as President Emeritus. He generously donated his time and support to the Foundation and for that we are eternally grateful.

“In my heart, I know that Art is looking down from above with great pride and joy to see his legacy continue,” President/CEO Tony Campisi said in a statement to associates. “Thank you to each of you for being an important part of that legacy and for your dedication and commitment to the continued success of this great company that bears the name of its founder - Arthur J. Glatfelter, a great leader and extraordinary humanitarian who made the world a better place and touched the lives of so many.”

During his first two decades in business, Art successfully built one of the largest all-lines, full service retail agencies in South Central Pennsylvania. The principles upon which Art built his insurance agency, “A Tradition of Service, Founded on Trust,” remain the foundation of Glatfelter Insurance Group today.

Messages of condolence can be sent to


The 4th Annual Big Dog Challenge

(February 8, 2013) The 4th Annual Big Dog Challenge Golf Tournament preparations are underway. Be sure to sign up today!
Click here to learn more!


Motorola Solutions Foundation

(February 8, 2013) IAFC Foundation receives grant as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation's Public Safety and Security Institute. Read the release.


New scholarship fund established

(November 17, 2011) The Chief Charles A. "Chet" Henry Memorial Scholarship fund was recently established. Read the release



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