HFMA - Hospital Fire Marshals Association - So that lives saved by science and skill may not be lost - by fire

The Hospital Fire Marshals' Association, Inc. (HFMA) is a totally volunteer organization with more than 400 members who are interested in preserving safety and security of everyone walking through the doors of a healthcare or educational facility. Many of the members are responsible for safety and security management in:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Assisted Living and Personal Care Facilities
  • Psychiatric Facilities
  • Prisons
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Fire Departments

Our membership is comprised of disciplines encompassing all staff levels in healthcare, educational facilities and the fire service:

  • Facility Managers
  • Nurses
  • Fire Marshals
  • Risk Managers
  • Administrators
  • Safety Officers
  • Infection Control Practitioners
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Vendors
  • Environmental
  • Biomedical
  • Insurance
  • Security
  • Educators
  • Fire Fighters
  • Fire Service Officers and Administrators


The HFMA has been serving hospitals and other healthcare institutions since 1968 with education, training and resources promoting professional development and security in healthcare facilities. Educational institutions were added to the agenda in 1990.

In 1968, nine hospital fire marshals from the City of Philadelphia and suburbs joined together and formed what is now known as the Hospital Fire Marshals' Association. From that very humble beginning, the HFMA has grown into one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States and became incorporated in 1986.

Today, member representatives can be found in 28 states, the District of Columbia and as far away as Saudi Arabia.


Bob Shewbrooks, President
former professional firefighter and healthcare safety officer
Larry Harvey, Vice President
safety and security for a large healthcare organization and fire service volunteer
Timothy Hawks, Secretary
healthcare facilities supervisor
Linda Brown, Treasurer
private business owner
John Skarbek, Sergeant at Arms
retired City of Philadelphia fire marshal and healthcare safety and security director

James Connell
Univ. of PA Health System
Bob Johnston
Albert Einstein Hosp. (Retired)
Michael Kerrigan
Methodist Hospital (Philadelphia)
Michael Kruszewski
Wayman Fire Protection
Don LaBanca
Hamden CT Fire Dept. (Retired)
Andrea Slawnyk
Holy Redeemer Hospital

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