Its primary purpose is to:
- Review NFA programs to ensure they fulfill the basic mission of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
- Ensure that NFA facilities are adequate for their assigned purposes.
- Ensure appropriate funding levels for NFA programs.
- Provide advice and recommendations to the USFA.
Members of the Board of Visitors are professionals selected from the fields of fire safety, fire prevention, education and training, fire control, research and development in fire protection, treatment and rehabilitation of fire victims, local government services management and from other professional organizations to ensure a balanced representation of fire and emergency services interests. Authority for the Board of Visitors comes from Public Law 93-498, the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974.
The Board of Visitors has 2 subcommittees: Professional Development Initiative and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).
Board of Visitors reports and meeting minutes
Looking for minutes from a previous meeting or annual reports prior to 2018? Please email FEMA-NFABOV@fema.dhs.gov and we'll send you a copy. Other information, including charter, bylaws and membership balance plan, is available at facadatabase.gov.
Board of Visitors members
John S. Butler (Chair)
Fairfax County (Virginia) Department of Fire and Rescue
Dr. Patricia McIntosh (Vice Chair)
Lifetime Member (inactive)
League City (Texas) Fire Department
Los Angeles Fire Department
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Dr. Michael Macey
Director of Public Safety
St. John's College
Kevin D. Quinn
First Vice Chair
National Volunteer Fire Council
Dr. Mark A. Rivero
Southern Illinois University
Thomas E. Romaine, Jr.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Forestry)
Board of Visitors at the National Emergency Training Center
Aug. 7, 2023: Members of the Board of Visitors met at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland to discuss NFA activities and selection of officers for fiscal year 2024.
BOV member Crowley visited a NFA class.
BOV member Romaine visited with NFA students.