Plano Fire Chief Sam Greif has been appointed chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Terrorism and Homeland Security committee, the city said.
Greif has been on the committee since 2016 and previously chaired the cybersecurity subcommittee.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs advises policymakers in the White House, federal agencies and Congress on how to develop national legislation and policies to protect the public. The committee is also concerned with providing advice on how to prepare for a terrorist attack.
“While the primary objective of the Terrorism & Homeland Security Committee is to ensure the safety of the American public, the objective of this prestigious group is to develop best practices for the prevention, response and mitigation of terrorist activities” Greif said in a prepared statement. “I am honored to be a part of this group and will represent Plano and Plano Fire-Rescue to the best of my ability.”
Greif has been the Plano Fire Chief since June 2015. After starting his career as a paramedic in 1982, Greif joined the Fort Worth Fire Department in 1985 and worked there for 30 years.
Other work of the committee includes enhancing the visibility of the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a fire service leader on terrorism and homeland security issues.
The committee has created resources such as the Terrorism Response Checklist and Guide to improve the preparedness of fire and emergency services to respond to acts of terrorism.
In his first stint as committee chair, Greif will lead the committee meeting in Charlotte, NC at the end of July.