Craig Hannan, the director of Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Fire Protection Publications (FPP) in engineering extension, has been elected as the new vice chair of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI).
Formed in 1989, the CFSI serves as the nation’s most influential policy making institute as it pertains to fire and emergency services. The nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute’s mission is to educate Congress about the needs and challenges of the nation’s fire and emergency services, as well as help them understand how they can support and address those needs and challenges.
The NAC serves as the spearhead to CFSI’s mission. It is comprised of over 38 trade groups, issue organizations and professional associations including the leading fire service institutions in the country. The NAC provides an avenue for national organizations to discuss and deliver consensus on the most important issues facing the nation’s fire and emergency services.
“Our organization has been a big supporter of the CFSI for years,” Hannan said. “I’ve been to many NAC meetings and hope to continue the strong work of NAC officers before me.”
Hannan has been a part of FPP since November 1998 and has served several different roles during that time. Most recently, he was named the director of FPP in September 2009.
Ed Kirtley, assistant dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s outreach and extension units, feels that Hannan’s appointment to the position couldn’t be more fitting, “[his] election to this position is a testament to his contribution to our nation’s fire service and to the respect he commands amongst national fire service leaders.”
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