National Fire Academy Board of Visitors

The National Fire Academy (NFA) Board of Visitors (BOV) plays an important role in supporting the academic stature of the NFA. The primary purpose of the BOV 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 BOV 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, local government services management and from other professional organizations to ensure a balanced representation of fire and emergency services interests. Authority for the BOV comes from Public Law 93-498, the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974.

NFA BOV members

BOV members joined NFA leadership in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Aug. 28-29 to discuss and review recent activities at the Academy. From left to right: Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, Chief Kevin Quinn, Andrew Pantelis, NFA Superintendent Tonya Hoover, Commissioner Adam Thiel, Dr. Manuel Fonseca, Randal Novak, and NFA Deputy Superintendent Kirby Kiefer.

BOV members

Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper (Chair)
Los Angeles Fire Department
3010 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 453
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Andrew K. Pantelis (Vice Chair)
District Vice President
International Association of Fire Fighters
16701 Melford Blvd., Suite 124
Bowie, MD 20715
Chief Kevin Quinn
Chairman
National Volunteer Fire Council
7852 Walker Drive, Suite 375
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Steven Westermann
1609 NE Scarborough Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64014
George M. Stapleton
Finance Operations Manager
South Carolina State Fire
141 Monticello Trail
Columbia, SC 29203
Eriks J. Gabliks
Director
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway
Salem, OR 97317
Dr. Patricia A. McIntosh
Emergency Management Coordinator
College of the Mainland
1200 N. Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591
Thomas E. Romaine, Jr.
644 Pfaender Drive
New Ulm, MN 56073

Executive Fire Officer Program subcommittees

The NFA Board of Visitors is assessing the Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, we’ll post minutes from the following subcommittees as they become available.

Evaluations and Outcome + -

September 2017 PDF 60 KB

February 2018 PDF 55 KB

March 2018 PDF 39 KB

April 2018 PDF 57 KB

May 2018 PDF 63 KB

Curriculum + -

September 2017 PDF 88 KB

February 2018 PDF 92 KB

March 2018 PDF 122 KB

April 2018 PDF 57 KB

May 2018 PDF 85 KB

Design and Delivery + -

September 2017 PDF 25 KB

February 2018 PDF 29 KB

March 2018 PDF 29 KB

April 2018 PDF 30 KB

May 2018 PDF 54 KB

Admissions + -

September 2017 PDF 27 KB

February 2018 PDF 36 KB

April 2018 PDF 35 KB

May 2018 PDF 63 KB


BOV reports and meeting minutes

Looking for minutes from a previous meeting or annual reports prior to 2014? Please contact us and we’ll email you a copy. Other information, including charter, bylaws, and membership balance plan is available at facadatabase.gov.