ModernFireBehavior.com is proud to announce that Director Stephen Kerber, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, the recipient of the 2014 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award and will be presented at the FDIC 2014 General Session.
Stephen Kerber is the director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He has led fire service research and education in the areas of ventilation, structural collapse, and fire dynamics. A 13-year veteran of the fire service, most of his service was with the College Park Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he served in ranks up through deputy chief. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland and is working on his doctorate in risk management and safety engineering at Lund University in Sweden. He has also been appointed to the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief by the Fire Department of New York.
Douglas Cline, president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, which co-presents the award, says: “Chief Steve Kerber has displayed a profound commitment to furthering the cause of the fire service by working tirelessly conducting research; developing courses based on the research; and advancing the cause for operational effectiveness, efficiency, and safety. Chief Kerber’s research, innovations, and programs have helped improve the training and education of firefighters worldwide. His efforts demonstrate the leadership and role model indicative of the George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award.”
The award, which incorporates the Training Achievement Award previously given by Fire Engineering at the FDIC, is named for George D. Post, who was a long-time member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). Post was a member of the Fire Department of New York, an illustrator of fire service publications, and a developer of instructional materials and is considered by many to be the father of visual training material used to train fire service personnel around the world.