IFA message about recent management
changes at the Department of Public Safety
The recent leadership changes within the Department of Public Safety are strongly supported by the Iowa Firefighters Association. Recent near miss injuries or fatalities at fires, reduced attention to the training needs of our fire service, and a general dilution of the voice of the fire service has caused our organization to stand up and take notice. The position of the State Fire Marshal should be and needs to be that of a Director to serve as the chief fire official of this state. Many positive changes within the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Public Safety have helped reduce fire deaths, increased the overall fire prevention message and most importantly put firefighters first. We welcome the changes within the Department of Public Safety and look forward to the increased communication on behalf of the fire service.
Over 70% of the firefighters in this state are volunteers. The field of firefighting is becoming more dangerous. It’s important now more than ever the Department of Public Safety support the fire service of this state. Focus on increased training facilities and funding as well as support for fire related public safety initiatives is expected. This recent change is very appreciated by our organization of over 15,000 firefighters and sends a clear message to the fire service of the importance of our role in public safety.