For Immediate Release
April 14, 2015

FIRE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION SELECTS MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT FIRE CHIEF FOR FIRE SAFETY ADVOCATE AWARD
Robert Ross Recognized for Dedication to Public Safety, Community

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 6, 2015) – The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association has selected Robert Ross, Fire Chief and CEO of South Fire District in Middletown, Connecticut, for its Fire Safety Advocate Award.

The award is given to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the safety of the public through innovative efforts, including legislative, educational, enforcement or other effective means.

“Robert Ross’ dedication to the protection of the public from fire has been noted throughout his career. His work as State Fire Marshal, Executive Director of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Fire Chief indicate just how dedicated he is to the public safety mission,” said Bill Vegso, president of the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. “We wanted to recognize Chief Ross’ service to the citizens of Connecticut, both in his current position and past endeavors, by presenting him with this prestigious award.”

Chief Ross has 33 years of experience in fire protection, emergency management, administration and senior-level management. He is also a dedicated community servant, having served on various local, state and national committees as a member, board member, or in some instances, committee chairman or president. These organizations include the American Red Cross, NFPA (NFPA 10 Principal Member), International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Firefighters, International Fire Service Training Association, Middletown Emergency Management, and Middlesex Hospital BIO-Terrorism Taskforce.

In addition, Chief Ross volunteers for other altruistic enterprises, including United Way and National Exchange Clubs, and is a member of his local high school’s board of trustees.

“Chief Ross is the type of individual every community needs to enhance its level of fire safety and its overall quality of life,” added Vegso. “These attributes make him the ideal candidate for the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s Fire Safety Advocate Award.”

Robert Ross will be formally presented with the Fire Safety Advocate Award during the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s Annual Meeting on October 21-23, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida.

A headshot of Robert Ross is available upon request.

About the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60-year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design. For additional information, including videos, interactive questionnaires and training websites about fire safety and protection, visit www.femalifesafety.org or call 216-241-7333. For a complete listing of member companies, visit the Member Profiles page of the association’s website at www.femalifesafety.com/membership.html.

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