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National Fire Academy Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy (NFA) supports the academic stature of the NFA.

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 and we'll send you a copy. Other information, including charter, bylaws and membership balance plan, is available at

Board of Visitors members

John Butler

John S. Butler (Chair)
Fire Chief
Fairfax County (Virginia) Department of Fire and Rescue

Steven Dubay

Steven Dubay (Vice Chair)
Deputy Chief, Retired
Colorado Springs Fire Department

Michael Macey

Dr. Michael Macey
Director of Public Safety
St. John's College

Tiffanye S. Wesley

Tiffanye S. Wesley
Deputy Fire Chief
Arlington County Fire Department

W.N. Bauer, Ph.D.

W.N. Bauer, Ph.D.
Deputy Fire Chief
Orange Beach Fire & Rescue Department

Megan Schuth, Ph.D.

Megan Schuth, Ph.D.
Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal
Denton Fire Department

Scott Somers, Ph.D.

Scott Somers, Ph.D.
Arizona State University

Edward Davis

Edward Davis
Executive Director
National Association of Hispanic Firefighters

Board of Visitors at the National Emergency Training Center