2010 — Jack E. Parow, professor of bachelor’s and master’s degree Fire Science courses at Anna Maria College, has been chosen as the incoming president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The group, representing more than 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders, was formed in 1873 as a forum for members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products, services, and training resources available to first responders.
A 35-year fire service veteran, Professor Parow began his career at a fire department in North Reading, Massachusetts, and eventually rose to his current position as chief of the fire department in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 1994. Throughout his career, Chief Parow has been active in the IAFC as well as numerous other firefighters’ associations. In his spare time, Chief Parow is an avid marathon and triathlon participant and has clocked five runs in the Boston Marathon. He also coaches his local high school hockey team and is a certified USA hockey referee.
One of many professors at Anna Maria College from the ranks of active firefighters, Chief Parow teaches courses in both the Bachelor of Arts in Fire Science Administration degree program and the Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Fire Science Management program. His participation is part of AMC’s effort to provide Fire Science students a wealth of real-world experience and insight to complement a cutting-edge curriculum.