This morning, during a ceremony at Fire-Rescue International in Atlanta, Georgia, Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig was installed as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
Founded in 1873 and with over 13,000 members, the IAFC is one of the oldest professional associations in the world, representing the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. The IAFC is seen as the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy.
Commenting after his installation, Chief Ludwig said, “This is a tremendous and humbling experience for me. I am honored to lead this esteemed association, represent the leadership of the fire service, and to be able to bring this title back to the City of Champaign. I plan on bragging about our outstanding fire department and City during my travels.” Chief Ludwig will serve a one-year term and then remain on the Board of Directors as a Past President.
In attendance to witness the ceremony was Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen and members of the Champaign International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1260.
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