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Study visit from USA

Autor: RM

From 26 of September to 5 of October the Main School of Fire Service was hosting an American delegation of Fire Departments’ Chiefs and Institution of Fire Engineers Board Members for a study visit namely:

  • Bill Peterson, Fire Chief (Retired) INFIRENET Poland - USA Coordinator, Kissimmee, Florida
  • Bruce Varner, Fire Chief (Retired), Santa Rosa, California
  • Ryan Gallik, St. Cloud Fire Department, St. Cloud, Florida
  • Michael Kuk Ph.D, Fire Chief Emeritus, United States Army, Anacoco, Louisiana
  • Jonathan McMahan - Fire Chief / Regional Director  Rural Metro, Tuscon, Arizona
  • Robert C. Andrews - President and CEO, Protection Development Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas


This study visit was organized in the frame of US-Poland INFIRENET project (International Fire&Rescue Network). The project was initiated in 2004 and it enables SGSP staff and students to take part in one-month internships in the U.S. Fire Departments and Emergency Management Centers and vice versa. So far 78 firefighters from Poland took part in the program.

The most important activities of the study visit program consisted of:

  • Meeting with the National Headquarters of the State Fire Service representatives, where they learnt about the organization of the SFS and the National Firefighting and Rescue System,
  • Meeting with the Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute representatives, where the activities and laboratories of the centre were presented,
  • Meeting with SGSP representatives with the discussion about future cooperation within the Infirenet project.
  • Meeting with the students who took part in the internships in US Fire Departments and Emergency Management Centers in September 2016,
  • Presence as honorary guests on the occasion of Oath of new incoming SGSP students and Inauguration of academic year 2016/2017
  • Participation as speakers during Polish-American Seminar organized at SGSP which gathered some 150 people from all of the country,
  • Meeting with the Central School of the State Fire Service representatives in Czestochowa
  • Visit in the Central Firefighting Museum in Mysłowice
  • Visit in Volunteer Fire Service in Raciechowice
  • Meeting with EDURA (Rescue Technique and Education Fundation) representatives.


Apart from professional meetings and the seminar our American guests had an opportunity to learn about Polish cuisine, culture and tradition by visiting museums, historic places and sightseeing Warsaw, Krakow and Czestochowa.

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