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Posted on: May 8, 2019

Fire Chief Lohr Appointed to National Advisory Council

The City of Hagerstown is proud to announce the appointment of Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Steve Lohr to the Fire Service Advisory Council of the American Wood Council (AWC).


The Fire Service Advisory Council, comprised of a national group of fire service experts, has been launched to provide AWC and the wood products industry with broad-based advice and guidance on fire safety strategies and tactics regarding wood construction, wood products, and the wood industry’s engagement with the fire service.  It is also intended to help identify effective training materials for the Fire Service while serving to enhance the relationship between the Fire Service and wood products industry.  


Chief Lohr was part of the first Fire Service Advisory Council conference call on April 30; and, in the fall he will attend the initial meeting at which the AWC and the Fire Service Advisory Council will plot the course for council activities into 2020 and beyond.


“I am pleased and honored to be selected to participate as a subject matter expert on this important advisory council,” Chief Lohr remarked.


Appointees to the Fire Services Advisory Council were chosen from fire service leadership ranks across the country, among fire departments of varying size, which serve diverse communities.  Led by Ray O’Brocki, the AWC’s Fire Services Relations Manager, Hagerstown’s Chief Lohr is joined on the council by representatives from major cities such as Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles.


“Working with Ray and colleagues from around the country, we will work to maintain the safety, durability, and renewable benefits of existing and emerging wood construction methods,”  Chief Lohr added.  “Given the depth and breadth of experience represented by members of the council, I am certain this group will assist the American Wood Council in their efforts to maintain a productive dialogue with the nation’s fire service while helping to produce educational and training materials that will ultimately improve fire safety for everyone.”


Chief Lohr is currently completing his fourth year with the Hagerstown Fire Department after spending 30 years in Montgomery County.

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