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NFA Board of Visitors (BOV) Meeting

The National Fire Academy Board of Visitors will meet September 18-19, 2014 at the National Emergency Training Center. Notice of Meeting (PDF, 197 KB) | Meeting handouts (PDF, ~1 MB)

The Board of Visitors plays an important role in enhancing the academic stature of NFA. Authority for the Board comes from Public Law 93-498, the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974. Functions of the Board are to examine:

The Board's charter is to provide advice and recommendations to the Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration.

Members of the Board of Visitors are selected from professionals in the fields of fire safety, fire prevention, education and training, fire control, research and development in fire protection, treatment and rehabilitation of fire victims, or local government services management, and from such professional organizations as will ensure a balanced representation of fire and emergency services interests.

BOV members

Board of Visitors

Mr. Adam Thiel (Chair)
Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Commonwealth of Virginia
1111 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 786-5351
FAX (804) 371-6381

Mr. Randal Novak (Vice Chair)
Bureau Chief
Iowa Fire Service Training
3100 Fire Service Road
Ames, Iowa 50011-3100
(888) 469-2374
FAX (800) 722-7350

Mr. Robert Cumberland
Director for Maryland
Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association
222 Shipley Avenue
Westminster, Maryland 21157
(410) 848-8189
FAX (410) 848-0874

Mr. Chris Neal
Senior Executive Advisor
Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training
13801 South Western
Edmond, Oklahoma 73025
(405) 880-2494

Chief Steven Westermann
Central Jackson County Fire Protection District
805 NE Jefferson
Blue Springs, Missouri 64014
(816) 229-2522
FAX (816) 229-5110

Battalion Chief Jack Reall
President, Columbus Firefighters Union,
379 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 481-8900
FAX (614) 481-7400

Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper
Los Angeles City Fire Department
3010 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 453
Los Angeles, California
(323) 997-2246
FAX (323) 735-2440

Dr. Manuel Fonseca
Assistant Chief
Nashville Fire Department
63 Hermitage Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37210
(615) 862-4987

BOV reports

BOV meeting and conference call minutes