NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE FIRE MARSHALS

A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention


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National Association of State Fire Marshals 

34th ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION & SAFETY SYMPOSIUM 

President Michael Desrochers and the Board of Directors of National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) are pleased to announce the 34th Annual Fire Prevention & Safety Symposium will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on July 29th through August 1st, 2024. The event is hosted by Missouri State Fire Marshal, Tim Bean, and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The theme for 2024 is “Bringing it all together.”

NASFM is bringing it all together with plans to present a conference that partners with two other national organizations. First, the National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Association (NCOAA) joined us last year to offer a unique opportunity focused on eradicating carbon monoxide poisoning and helping carbon monoxide poisoning survivors recover to lead a happy, healthy, and productive life. The conference was a huge success in building not only an alliance, but also in forming a strategy to mitigate carbon monoxide poisoning. NCOAA continues to be a strategic partner with NASFM and will be partnering again at this conference. 

The 2024 event promises to be an even better conference than ever before, now with an additional partner. The International Fire Marshal Association (IFMA), a section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), represents more than 800 local fire marshals and are joining NASFM to bring it all together. The emerging issues facing both state and local fire marshals are the same, whether it’s code enforcement, fire investigations, community risk reduction, or other issues, this is the platform to come together to network. 

NASFM has a history of networking with industry leaders, connecting solutions to fire prevention problems, and promoting progressive action to save lives. This is where state and local fire officials, advocates for safety, and industry leaders come together.      

Save the Date! Make plans now to join us for the first ever conference with these three national organizations in July 2024. Registration and additional information will be available in January.     

 Symposium Registration Coming SOON!

Call for Presentations Announcements is found Here! 


API and LEPA with input from NASFM publish CO2 Pipeline Safety Guide

Guidelines Developed with Input from National Association of State Fire Marshals

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2023 – Building on the oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to ensuring safe operations, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Liquid Energy Pipeline Association (LEPA) today released a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline safety tactical guide for pipeline operators and emergency response personnel. CO2 pipelines have operated safely in the U.S. for decades, with thousands of miles of pipelines across the country. This guide, developed with input from the National Association of State Fire Marshals, helps operators advance a zero-incident safety culture by outlining best practices for CO2 pipeline safety and emergency preparedness. 

“We are pleased to work with the oil and natural gas industry on a guide for CO2 pipeline safety, helping ensure CO2 operations remain safe and secure,” said National Association of State Fire Marshalls Chief of Operations and Training Phillip Oakes. 

To read more about this click here.....

NASFM works with the Safer Buildings Coalition on the Complete ERCES Handbook

This first-of-its-kind desk reference and study guide authored by the Safer Buildings Coalition, in collaboration with subject matter experts from across the industry and with the assistance of NASFM, includes comprehensive learning and reference material pertaining to Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES), plus everything you need to prepare for the NICET IB-PSC Certification.

The Handbook covers the following NICET IB-PSC certifications: Designer and Technician (Levels 1, 2 and 3), and is used as a reference for a variety of topics. It also includes an exclusive ERCES Vendor Directory to accelerate your search for knowledgeable industry resources.

The Safer Buildings Coalition's long-awaited Complete ERCES Handbook with NICET Study Guide is available to order today.

For more information, please visit https://erceshandbook.com


2023 HazMat Roundtable Meeting Report now available

The HazMat Roundtable was formed to identify critical issues and suggest plans of action to strengthen HazMat preparedness throughout the United States. Comprised of technical specialists and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), the Roundtable meets annually to address pressing challenges and, consequently, help improve the nation’s public safety.

The goal of the Roundtable was to discuss challenges in HazMat preparedness, offer recommendations and solutions to these challenges, and review the accomplishments and best practices that the Roundtable members and their organizations have been doing in the HazMat arena since the 2021–2022 Roundtable meetings.

On May 9–10, 2023, the 2023 HazMat Roundtable was hosted by the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the event was attended by HazMat technical specialists and practitioners from over 20 organizations including its host, sponsors, and other organizations. Organizations in attendance included NASFM, the EPA, CHEMTREC, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Association of SARA Title III Officers (NASTTPO), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to name a few.

To read the full report and for more information click here....

****NASFM Launches Online Training to Prepare for Civil Unrest****

Critical safety training for fire and emergency officials in dealing with incidents of civil unrest is now available.

Brusly, LA, March 9, 2023 — The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has launched an awareness and prevention training course focused on helping fire prevention agencies to move from a paradigm of preventing accidental fires to one which includes the prevention of intentional fires in times of civil unrest.

The course offering was made possible through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant program—grants aimed to support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal of the funding is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

Increasing Safety - 

“In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in injuries and deaths of firefighters and others responding to public events that have turned violent,” said Phil Oakes, NASFM Chief of Operations and Training. “First responders, including firefighters, are trained to expect the unexpected when responding to emergency calls. This new online training gives them additional awareness and strategies to help them better protect themselves and others while dealing with incidents of civil unrest.”

Click here for the full press release and click here to go straight to the NASFM Training Site.

New Massachusetts State Fire Marshal

Northampton Fire Chief Jon Davine has been named the next Massachusetts state fire marshal.

Davine has served as fire chief in Northampton since 2020. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has about 25 years of firefighting experience.

He was selected by the Fire Service Commission, which is made up of eight members.

Click here for his full message.



Amanda Swenson MN Interim State Fire Marshal


Amanda Swenson h‚Äčas serviced as the chief deputy state fire marshal since June of 2020.

She joined the State Fire Marshal Division in 2014 as a fire and life safety educator. In 2018, she became the supervisor of the State Services and Support Team, which includes public education, fire service specialists, state response teams and fleet.

Click here for more.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council Workshop

IREC: Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) provides a forum to collaboratively identify and find solutions to issues that affect the installation and use of sustainable energy systems using solar photovoltaics (PV), energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and more. Our mission is to facilitate the deployment and use of affordable, clean and renewable energy in a safe, efficient, and sustainable manner. 

  • Southern California Energy Storage Workshop on Sept. 28. For those in the NASFM network who live in and near California, this workshop is part of a series offered by SEAC. Attendees will have the chance to interact in real time with manufacturers, fire safety officials, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), and other industry leaders. Workshop sessions will address safety and risk considerations associated with ESS permitting.





News from NASFM

Welcome To Our New Principal Members

  • John Davine - MA State Fire Marshal
  • Amanda Swenson - MN State Fire Marshal (Interim)
  • Scott Cordes - NE State Fire Marshal


National Association of State Fire Marshals
PO Box 1224
Brusly, LA 70719
225-806-0803

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