IFSL Symposium comes to Verisk

By Kevin Kuntz November 23, 2015

ISO had the honor to host this year’s International Fire Service Leaders (IFSL) Symposium here at the Verisk Analytics home office in Jersey City. I was thrilled to help organize the event along with our retired national director of Community Hazard Mitigation, Butch Cobb. About 50 fire service leaders from across the country attended, led by one of the most highly respected figures in the fire industry, Chief Alan Brunacini (Ret.), Phoenix Fire Department. The meeting was lively and informative, and everyone felt it was a huge success.

The IFSL is a long-serving organization of fire service leaders and influential firefighters. They discuss trends, topics, and current issues concerning community hazard mitigation and fire prevention efforts. Much of what is discussed at these annual meetings goes on to become policies and best practices. The IFSL is a vital contributor to community safety, and its mission dovetails perfectly with the goals of ISO Community Hazard Mitigation. We work together with these leaders to establish our own goals and practices.

Verisk President and CEO Scott Stephenson addresses the IFSL meeting

Verisk President and CEO Scott Stephenson addresses the IFSL meeting

At the meeting, Scott Stephenson, President and CEO, Verisk Analytics, and Mark Anquillare, EVP and chief financial officer, Verisk Analytics, spoke to the members. Scott expressed how proud we were to host the meeting and thanked Chief Brunacini for the opportunity. He reiterated to everyone how important it is for ISO to work with the IFSL and the fire service. A poignant part of the symposium was our memorial luncheon for the late Harvey Eisner, a leader known for dedicating his life to the fire service. Harvey was editor emeritus of Firehouse Magazine, a long-time assistant chief of the Tenafly (NJ) Fire Department, and an influential leader throughout the industry. Harvey and Butch worked closely together to get fire service feedback on revisions to our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, which is the basis of our Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program. Harvey died way too young, and he will be missed.

IFSL members honored the late Harvey Eisner with a memorial lunch.

IFSL members honored the late Harvey Eisner with a memorial lunch.

We last hosted this symposium in 2013, and we were happy to welcome our colleagues back. It was a great success, and I hope we can continue to host the IFSL in the future. The thought leadership and “outside the box” solutions discussed at these meetings influence the fire service greatly. ISO is pleased to be part of the discussion and the solutions.

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Kevin Kuntz

Kevin Kuntz, assistant vice president and chief engineer for commercial lines underwriting Verisk Insurance Solutions.