Nancy Trench Receives Marvin L. Austin Award

Nancy Trench - retired FPP assistant director

Nancy Trench, retired FPP assistant director, was awarded the Marvin L. Austin Award during the International Fire Service Training Association’s 88th Annual Validation Conference in July 2021.

Trench was involved in the IFSTA Validation Conference in a number of ways during her more than 40 year involvement with Oklahoma State University’s fire programs.

During her time with OSU Fire Service Training, she was active in the IFSTA validation process and conferences. She was a major advocate for the creation of the Public Fire Educator, First Edition manual – now titled Fire and Life Safety Educator – and served on the validation committee for that manual.

After her transition to assistant director of Fire Protection Publications, she assisted with IFSTA’s conference operations in a number of ways. In later years, she oversaw the development, the ideas and the meeting site installation of the numerous posters, wall wraps, signage, and product displays at the IFSTA Validation Conferences and the IFSTA Winter Meetings.

Trench’s efforts to elevate the IFSTA Validation Conference go hand in hand with her service to the fire industry as a whole. She initiated the Fire Service Public Education Conference and was instrumental in the development of Vision 20/20 and Community Risk Reduction, as well as the Fire Safety Solutions for People with Disabilities Program.

Trench has also received the following awards during her career:  Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education, OSU Sternberg Award for Excellence in Advancement of the Land-Grant Mission and IFSTA’s Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award.

The Marvin L. Austin Distinguished Leadership Award is presented by FPP staff in recognition of the recipient’s exceptional leadership efforts in connection with the IFSTA Validation Conference.

The International Fire Service Training Association is an organization of fire service personnel who are dedicated to upgrading firefighting techniques and safety through training. Since 1934, IFSTA has been the worldwide leader of the fire service in developing fire and emergency responder training materials. IFSTA produces training manuals, eBooks, curriculum, test prep, workbooks, skill sheets, interactive courses, instructor resources and more.

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