Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research

About the Award

Dr. John Granito is widely recognized as one of the premier fire service and public safety consultants in the United States. In all, Granito has participated in more than 400 fire department studies that have increased fire service performance and productivity on an extremely broad scale.

Granito has strong ties to the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), OSU and to academia in general. For 27 years, he served in a number of academic positions, the last 16 of which were at the State University of New York Binghamton. He is Professor Emeritus and Retired Vice President for Public Service and External Affairs at SUNY Binghamton, which is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Granito has published numerous articles, chapters and technical papers; served as co-editor of the 2002 book published by the International City/County Management Association, Managing Fire and Rescue Service; and was a Section Editor of the NFPA 2008 Fire Protection Handbook.

Granito was the first recipient of the Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research, which honors him and his contributions to the fire service and academia. Each year, the recipient of this distinguished award presents the keynote address at the annual International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management Research Symposium held in conjunction with the IFSTA Validation Conference.


2021 Award Recipient

Dr. Gavin Horn

The Annual Research Symposium that supports the International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management (IFSJLM) was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on July 13, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. At the research symposia, national and international scholars present papers on topics related to fire leadership and management. IFSJLM is sponsored and published by Fire Protection Publications and the International Fire Service Training Association located on the campus of Oklahoma State University (OSU).

At the 2019 Research Symposium (RS 16), Dr. Gavin Horn received the Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research that is presented each year at the symposium in recognition of outstanding achievement in fire-related research. This award is named in honor of Dr. John Granito, one of the premier fire and public safety consultants in the United States. Dr. Granito served in a number of academic positions for almost 30 years. He is Professor Emeritus and Retired Vice President for Public Service and External Affairs at State University of New York-Binghamton.

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