September 7, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 149 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO CHIEF TIM WALL CHAIR OF THE VOLUNTEER AND COMBINATION OFFICERS SECTION INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 149
(Extensions of Remarks - September 07, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1224-E1225] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO CHIEF TIM WALL CHAIR OF THE VOLUNTEER AND COMBINATION OFFICERS SECTION INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS ______ HON. BILL PASCRELL, JR. of new jeresy in the house of representatives Friday, September 7, 2018 Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, as the co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus I wish to recognize Timothy S. Wall, who will be stepping down as Chair of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in November at the annual Volunteer and Combination Officers Section's Conference in Clearwater, Florida. A third-generation firefighter, Chief Wall joined the North Farms Volunteer Fire Department in 1979. For the past 20 years, he served as the department's chief. Active in civic organizations and public safety agencies, Chief Wall became a deputy sheriff of New Haven County in 1980 and has served as a Connecticut state fire marshal since 2000. In addition, he is a former president of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association and the New England Division of Fire Chief. The mission of VCOS is to provide chief officers who manage volunteer and combination departments within the fire, rescue, and EMS delivery system with information, education, services, and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities. Chief Wall was elected Chair of the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section in 2005. Under his leadership, VCOS has been successfully performing its mission. Most recently, VCOS published a joint publication with the National Volunteer Fire Council on cancer prevention within the fire service, which is the most pressing issue in the fire service. Other challenges include volunteer recruitment and retention, workplace safety, leadership accountability and emergency medical services. VCOS has always demonstrated leadership in addressing the emerging issues [[Page E1225]] that confront their members--whether it's through publishing reports, developing training materials or delivering important messages to our elected leaders. These actions require strong leadership, which Chief Wall has demonstrated throughout his term as Chair. As a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I extend my thanks to Chief Wall for the support he has provided to the Fire Caucus throughout the years. He understands the importance of grassroots advocacy and has always offered his support to my fellow fire caucus co-chairs and me to help us advance fire service legislation through Congress. President Abraham Lincoln once said, ``Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.'' To me, these words describe the character of the men and women of our nation's fire service. Firefighters perform their mission not for recognition, but for a much higher cause: to safeguard the citizens of their communities. While Chief Wall has never sought recognition, I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and appreciation for his selfless dedication and commitment to public safety. He has certainly earned the right to be recognized. ____________________