Below is a forward from Carol Nolte from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office:

Dear Fire and Building Official, and Policy Maker:

In cooperation with Fire Team USA, we would like to invite you to a special day and a half informational and training conference on fire protection for your community. West Virginia was selected to be a point of delivery for the 2010 Fire Team USA workshop series!

The workshop will be held on March 31 and April 1, 2010 at the Embassy Suites, 300 Court Street downtown, beautiful Charleston, West Virginia. All you have to do is sign up, and show up! Accommodations including lunches, hotel expense, if necessary, training, and information is provided free of charge. Registration is easy, log on to (click on Event Dates then on the Charleston Event then Register Now). The Fire Team USA team will make your hotel arrangements and provide you with a confirmation and details.

Fire Team USA is partnering for public policy with a focus on cooperating for quality communities. This seminar is an initiative to bring elected officials, fire marshals, fire chiefs, building officials, residential contractors, realtors and other stakeholders from communities across West Virginia together to learn and share fire prevention methods and alternatives that affect our quality of life. Public policy on fire protection is important in our communities for lots of reasons and a main concern is the well-being of our citizens as well as controlling the rising cost of providing such services. Let’s come together and explore our options for the future. Policy makers, fire service officials, and other stakeholders must partner together to ensure that quality of life is maintained as our communities grow and transition.

Thanks to a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training through the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program, we are able to offer this important and informative session. This informational and training seminar will explore current public policy, how community planning affects fire protection, fire prevention efforts currently underway, and how fire sprinkler legislation can assist in the future quality of life in our communities. We will also explore opportunities that exist for grants to assist local communities with their fire protection efforts.

At the conclusion of the first day of this great workshop; the Charleston Fire Department will be presenting a dramatic side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration at the Charleston Civic Center parking lot located off of Lee Street East (just west of Embassy Suites). This demonstration will begin at 5:00 pm. This demonstration will help all who participate understand how dangerous home fires truly are and to inform them of the steps they can take to stay safe. So even if you are unable to attend the workshop, please set aside the time to attend this demonstration.

Please, join us for the future of your community and our state. We would like to see representation from all areas of the state, keeping in mind that we do have limited seats available. Our website, will have the latest information and more details on the conference. You will be able to register online and we will take care of the rest! If you do not have internet access, and would like a paper registration form, please call us at 615-533-0305.


Embassy Suites Hotel
300 Court Street
Charleston WV 25301

March 31 and April 1, 2010
Check in on March 30, 2010 Check In: 4pm

Who is invited to attend?

Suggested community stakeholders:

  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Marshal
  • Mayor
  • Commissioner
  • Aldermen
  • Council Members
  • Building Commissioner or Building Official
  • Official Planning Commission Chairman or member
  • State Legislators
  • Water Purveyor
  • Insurance Agent
  • Builder / Developer Other Community Stakeholder/Leader
  • Realtors

Questions? Contact:

Carol Nolte, WV State Fire Marshals Office, 304-558-2191, Ext 53223,

Ken Tyree, Charleston Fire Department, 304-348-8058,

Ron Brown, Regional Manager


We look forward to your consideration of this unique opportunity, and we hope to see you March 31 and April 1, 2010

Register Today, by visiting the Fire Team USA website and selecting the West Virginia event.

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