Steven T. Edwards
Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
Steven T. Edwards is the Director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute of the University of Maryland. The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute is the state's comprehensive training agency for the emergency services, training over 38,000 students each year.
He is a former Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire Department in Maryland where he served for twenty-five years in every position from high school cadet to Fire Chief. Mr. Edwards has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Safety Equipment Institute (2003-2005), and is a past Chair of the Congressional Fire Service Institute (2004-2006) National Advisory Committee, as well as numerous local and state level appointments. In 1997, he was elected as the President of the North American Fire Training Directors. He is currently a Board member of the NFPA Research Foundation and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, as well as Chairperson of the Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board (MICRB).
Steven Edwards is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Service Management and a Master's Degree in General Administration. Both degrees were achieved with Summa Cum Laude honors. He has attended the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government "Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government", the National Fire Academy, and presented at national conferences and seminars. Mr. Edwards is also currently an Assistant Professor at UMUC, and is the author of the textbook, Fire Service Personnel Management 3rd ed.
During his career of over 40 years in the fire service, Edwards has received numerous awards and honors, including the Prince George's County Fire Department "Gold Star of Valor" in 1979 for the rescue of two firefighters at a major fire and explosion. During his tenure as Fire Chief the department received the IAFC Award for Excellence as well as twenty-eight National Association of Counties Award for Excellence.
Continuing his fire service career at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute was selected as the Congressional Fire Service Institute National Fire Service Organization of the Year for 1999. At the University of Maryland Faculty Convocation in 2003, Director Edwards was presented the UMCP Presidents Distinguished Service Award for excellence and dedicated service to the University. At the 2004 International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Spring meeting Mr. Edwards was presented with the "Hudiberg" award, the highest honor within this association. At the 2009 Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) annual dinner Mr. Edwards was awarded the Mason-Lankford National Fire Service Leadership Award for distinguished service and a career of significant contributions to the fire service. In 2012, Director Edwards and MFRI received the "Chief Ken Elmore Award" from the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications for excellence regarding certification programs.