ISFSI Members Added to the National Fire Heritage Center Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Class of 2022

Congratulations to the these ISFSI Members who were inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

Now in its 12th year, the 2022 HLLL inductees is the second largest class with 13 outstanding individuals. The HLLL Committee determined the following individuals met all of the criteria to be inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center’s Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders:


  • Stephen P. Austin
    • Steve Austin is a 55-year veteran of the volunteer fire service. A life member of the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company of Newark, Delaware, serving as a Fire Police Officer. He is also the Vice President of the Allison Hook & Ladder No. 2 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After 37 years, Steve retired from the State Farm Insurance Company where he was a Senior Public Policy Analyst. He is part of a small group of fire service representatives who monitor federal issues that impact the fire service and is the Director of Governmental Relations for the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI).

      Steve is the Project Manager of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association's Emergency Responder Safety Institute and is a Past President. The Institute is recognized as a leading source of information and advocacy concerning highway incident scene safety. He is a member of several boards and foundations, including liaison to the Board of Directors of the Safety, Health and Survival Section of the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs. Steve is Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee of Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications and Chairman of the First Responder Center for Excellence, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is a member of the Congressional Fire Services Institute Board of Directors.

      In 2015, Steve received the Garry Briese IAFC Safety Performance Award, and in 2018, he received the CFSI Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. In 2020, he was inducted into the Firehouse Magazine Hall of Fame. In addition, he holds the distinction of being the only Chair of the CFSI National Advisory Committee to have served four terms.

  • Roger A. McGary
    • Roger A. McGary is a Fire and Emergency Services senior level leader/manager with over 50 years of experience in both public and private emergency services organizations. His work has encompassed the career, volunteer and industrial fire department communities at both the regional and national levels. Throughout his long career, Chief McGary has devoted his life to improving the fire service. Past President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), Roger was instrumental in delivering the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in the 1970s and early 1980s. Roger continues to be a strong advocate for emergency services training and mentoring incoming fire service professionals. A nationally and internationally recognized speaker and trainer, Roger has also played a key role in developing and delivering the National Fire Academy's Incident Management Team (IMT) curriculum.Roger has been known for his integrity, progressive thought processes, and willingness to lift others up to improve the Fire Service. His leadership continues to inspire his peers to live by those qualities that Chief McGary demonstrated his entire career.
  • Ronald J. Siarnicki
    • Fire Chief Ron Siarnicki began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Monessan VFD, Pennsylvania. He joined the Prince George's Fire Department, progressing through the ranks and retiring as the Chief of the Department. Ron was appointed and currently services as the Executive Director of the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. In 2016, he assumed the position of Executive Director of the First Responder Center for Excellence. His work is renowned, including his affiliation with Better Angels, the Local Assistance State Team (LAST Project), and many more. Ron travels across the country delivering presentations and increasing awareness of the NFFF and has written more than 50 fire and emergency services publications.

To learn more about the program, and to see the other inductees, please visit The National Fire Heritage Center page:


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