U.S. Fire Administrator Receives the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association 2010 Life Time Achievement Award

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Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Receives Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Award

Memphis TN: Last evening at the 2010 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference, United States Fire Administrator Kelvin J. Cochran was awarded the prestigious Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Life Time Achievement Award. The award was announced at the annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Life Time Achievement Award is given to individuals based on an their history of fire service accomplishments, contributions to the Metro Fire Chiefs Association, contributions to fire safety, demonstrated leadership, challenges overcome or other considerations deemed of great interest by the Fire Chiefs of Metropolitan departments.

Kelvin J. Cochran was appointed U.S. Fire Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) in August 2009. As U.S. Fire Administrator, Cochran is charged with overseeing, coordinating, and directing national efforts to prevent fires and improve fire response. Cochran supervises fire prevention and safety education programs and professional development opportunities for emergency responders at all levels of government.

Cochran has twenty-eight years of experience in preventing and responding to fires and emergencies. His extensive experience in the fire service includes firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public education and research and development. His administrative expertise includes personnel management, training and strategic planning. Before coming to FEMA, Cochran served as Fire Chief for the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, where he coordinated homeland security and emergency preparedness initiatives between the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) and oversaw 35 fire stations providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services.

Previously, he served in the Shreveport, Louisiana fire department as a firefighter, Assistant Chief Training Officer, and as Fire Chief. Cochran also served as President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the 1st Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and Vice Chairman of Volunteers of America (VOA).