I just got back from attending a six-day course at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Did you know that Marin County was once considered for the location of the campus, along with over 200 other applicants? What is the history of the NFA? The organization dates back to the mid-1970s, with the need for such an institution identified by a Presidential Commission that published the original "America Burning" report in 1973, written by the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control to evaluate fire loss in the United States. That Commission was started during the President Nixon administration, and the concept for the NFA was later solidified in the President Ford administration.
A few years later President Carter would create FEMA, the organization in which the NFA now operates. We will be creating a page on the NFA this year - did you know that the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located in the heart of the campus? Do you know that several members of the Marin Fire Service who suffered a Line of Duty Death are memorialized there? Why are the other Marin County LODD's not recognized there? The article below is from May of 1976. Note that Tiburon Chief Franklin Buschers' first name was mis-spelled. More information coming soon.
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