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Belding Fire Chief, Gregg Moore, wins Instructor of the Year award

From: Brian Blomstrom, Executive Vice President, MFSIA

The Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association (MFSIA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 Michigan Instructor of the Year award.  After taking applications through the spring and summer months, the organization awarded Chief Gregg Moore from the City of Belding Fire Department this annual and prestigious honor.  Chief Moore was named and recognized during the MFSIA's Instructor Conference in Traverse City on October 22, 2010.

Chief Moore was nominated by the Montcalm County Fire Academy instructor staff; the group submitted a letter outlining Chief Moore's background in the fire service, dedication to instructing others, and leadership qualities.  Area instructors commented on how Chief Moore mentors new instructors and is a model for providing quality education to area firefighters.

"Gregg is highly deserving of this award," says Sgt. Brian Blomstrom, the Senior Fire Training Officer with the Greenville Department of Public Safety and a past Western Michigan Regional Instructor of the Year award recipient.  "I know that my successful abilities to instruct and facilitate classes have come though watching and experiencing Gregg's enthusiasm and knowledge in the classroom.  Not only is he an outstanding instructor, but a great mentor as well."

The MFSIA represents over 250 fire service instructors around the State of Michigan.  This organization has selected an Instructor of the Year from around the State of Michigan for over 30 years.  The winner receives a personal award to hang on the wall, a traveling plaque to hang in the fire station for one year, and a red baton, which is passed to each Michigan Instructor of the Year award recipient.  The baton symbolizes the passing of knowledge, one of the main goals for fire service instructors.  Chief Moore will retain the baton until October 2011, at which time he will pass the baton onto the individual chosen for the next year's award.

Chief Moore began his career in the fire service in 1982 as a paid-on call firefighter for the City of Belding.  Over those years, he worked diligently to expand his fire service knowledge, and became a Certified Instructor in 1989.  At that time, he began teaching in the Ionia County Fire Academy.  Chief Moore became certified to teach Firefighter I and II, Basic Extrication, Advanced Stabilization, Hazardous Materials, Drivers Training, and Incident Command.  He became the Ionia County Training Chairperson soon thereafter. 

In 2000, Chief Moore left his private, full-time employment to take the position of Fire Chief with the City of Belding.  He continues to instruct inter-departmental training, county-wide training, and is often requested to conduct trainings regionally by numerous other fire agencies.

"Gregg has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to training and firefighter safety," says Bill Ravell, a firefighter and Rapid Intervention Team instructor with the Belding Fire Department.  "The firefighters of West Michigan who have participated in his educational opportunities are fortunate to have access to such an individual, and every one of them will say that they are better firefighters today because of Gregg's diligent, knowledgeable instruction."