International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management Annual Research Symposium

The International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management (IFSJLM) hosts its annual Research Symposium (RS) at the Summer IFSTA Validation Conference in Tulsa, OK. Both the symposium and the conference are sponsored by Fire Protection Publications, the world’s leading publisher of fire-related training and educational materials. Established in 2004, the IFSJLM Research Symposium provides an opportunity for national and international scholars to present papers on topics relevant to the fire service.

The Research Symposium, held from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm on the first non-holiday Saturday in July, precedes the Opening Session of the IFSTA Summer Validation Conference. The Symposium is free and open to the public. Conference attendees and anyone interested in learning more about fire science, fire service training, and current issues faced by fire and emergency services personnel, are encouraged to attend.

A number of the papers presented at the research symposiums have been subsequently submitted to the IFSJLM for peer review and publication. The IFSJLM accepts submissions of original academic research studies on topics that promote and inform best practices in the fire service.  More information on the peer review process and submission requirements can be found on this website.

NOTE: Although registration is free for attendees, symposium speakers are responsible for all expenses related to their participation in the event (travel, hotel, per diem, etc.).


The Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research

The Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research is presented at the International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management (IFSJLM) Research Symposium held annually in July at the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Validation Conference. The Granito Award is presented annually to an individual who has significantly advanced the fire leadership and management literature through their research efforts. The award honors the many contributions and achievements of Dr. John Granito to the scholarly study of fire leadership and management.

Until his retirement, John was one of the premier fire and public safety consultants in the United States. Just a few of his many Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services research projects include: Oklahoma State University–Fire Protection Publications Line-of-Duty Death Reduction Project (3 years); Centaur National Study (3 years); Research Triangle Institute/National Fire Protection Association/International City/County Management Association Project (4 years); Fire Department Analysis Project (FireDAP) of the Urban Fire Forum (13 years); Combination Department Leadership Project, University of Maryland, Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute (4 years); and the Worcester Polytechnic/International Association of Fire Fighters/International Association of Fire Chiefs/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Fire Ground Performance Study. John has participated in more than 400 fire department studies.

John also has strong ties to academia. He served in a number of academic positions for almost 30 years, including 16 years at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is Professor Emeritus and Retired Vice President for Public Service and External Affairs at SUNY Binghamton, which is consistently ranked among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

John has published numerous articles, chapters, and technical papers. He served as co-editor of Managing Fire and Rescue Services, a book published by the International City/County Management Association in 2002, and he was a Section Editor of the 2008 NFPA Fire Protection Handbook®.

Dr. Granito was the first recipient of the award that was established in his honor to recognize individuals who, like Dr. Granito himself, have made outstanding contributions to the fire service and to academia. Each year the recipient of the Dr. Granito Award presents the Keynote Address at the annual IFSJLM Research Symposium. The Keynote Address is subsequently published as the lead article in the next volume of the International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management.


Award Recipients

Dr. John Granito -
Professor and Vice President Emeritus, State University of New York Binghamton, and Fire & Emergency Services Consultant
Dr. Denis Onieal -
Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator (Retired), Emmitsburg, MD
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell -
U.S. Fire Administrator
Dr. Edward Dickinson -
Professor and Director of EMS Field Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Daniel Madrzykowski -
Director of Research, UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), Columbia, MD
Dr. Anne Eyre -
Independent Consultant, Trauma Training, Coventry, United Kingdom
Chief Dennis Compton -
Former Fire Chief, International Fire Service Trining Association, Fire Protection Publications, OKlahoma State Univeristy, Stillwater, OK
Dr. Denise Smith -
Tisch Family Distinguished Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiological Sciences, Director of First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, Skidmore College (NY), and Research Scientist, University of  Illinois, Fire Service Institute, Champaign, IL
Dr. Sarah H. Jahnke -
Director and Senior Scientist, Center of Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research, NDRI-USA, Inc. Leawood, KS
Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki -
Executive Director, naitional Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dr. Jeff Burgess -
Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona
Dr. Gavin Horn -
Research Engineer, UL's Frie Safety Research Institute (FSRI), Columbia, MD
Dr. Kenny Fent -
Industrial Hygienist and Team Leader of the National Firefighter Registry Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Steve Kerber -
Vice President and Executive Direcotr, UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), Columbia, MD
Dr. Judith Graber -
Deparmtnet of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ