Mary Marchone Honored for Leadership in Fire Safety Education at National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

Mary Marchone of the National Fire Academy was honored as the recipient of the 2014 CFSI /IFSTA Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education.  The award presentation took place at the 26th Annual CFSI National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on May 1 in Washington, DC.  The award is jointly sponsored by CFSI and the International Fire Service Training Association at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (IFSTA/FPP/OSU).   

Ms. Marchone, a training specialist for Fire Prevention Management Curriculum at the National Fire Academy, is a functional area expert and program manager for fire prevention management curricula. With a career spanning over 45 years in public safety, she has been a skilled course developer and instructor with the NFA for 29 years, focusing on all areas of community risk reduction (CRR). She was instrumental in introducing the concept of fire department involvement in injury prevention in Academy courses, and was the first woman to serve as a training specialist in Fire Prevention Management Curriculum for the NFA.

Starting her career in 1969 with the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Ms. Marchone has been involved in a number of local, state-wide and national safety programs and coalitions.  After her retirement from Montgomery County, Ms. Marchone continued to impact CRR while serving as a National Fire Protection Association Risk Watch Field Advisor from 2001 – 2007, mentoring programs in MN, OK, ND, TX, WI, and WY, and many other states interested in becoming Risk Watch Champion Management Teams. 

Joining the National Fire Academy in 2008 in her role as training specialist, she has developed numerous NFA courses focusing on all aspects of Community Risk Reduction.  In her current position she also recruits and monitors contract instructors, and evaluate their performance. Additionally she is responsible for second year Executive Fire Officer Program (EROP) curriculum, Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction. She has had a vast impact on the nation’s fire service and its leaders.

Nancy Trench, Assistant Director of IFSTA, presented the award to Ms. Marchone.  She was accompanied onto the stage by CFSI board member Louis J. Amabili.  A legendary leader in the fire service, Amabili served with Dr. Phillips on the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control that authored the seminal report,  AMERICA BURNING, which gave rise to a federal role in fire protection in this nation in 1973.

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