Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy

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The Board of Visitors (BOV) for the National Fire Academy (NFA) 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.

2019-2020 NFA Board of Visitors

NFA Board of Visitors

Front row, left to right: NFA Superintendent Tonya Hoover, John Butler, Andrew Pantelis, Eriks Gabliks, Dr. Patricia McIntosh and Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Denis Onieal. Back row: Chief Kevin Quinn, Steven Westermann (past Vice Chair), Thomas Romaine, Jr., George Stapleton, and NFA Deputy Superintendent Kirby Kiefer.

BOV reports and meeting minutes

Looking for minutes from a previous meeting or annual reports prior to 2018? Please contact us and we’ll email you a copy. Other information, including charter, bylaws, and membership balance plan is available at

Agenda: Aug. 31, 2020 BOV meeting (teleconference)

9 a.m. Welcome, USFA strategic plan update, Selection of Board officers (Chairperson/Vice Chairperson) for FY2021: Mr. Andrew Pantelis, Chairperson, BOV; Chief Keith Bryant, Fire Administrator, USFA; Chief Tonya L. Hoover, Deputy Fire Administrator / Superintendent NFA, USFA; Chief Steve Dean, Deputy Superintendent, NFA

9:30 a.m. Deferred maintenance and capital improvements on the NETC campus, FY 2020 budget/budget planning: Mr. Albert Fluman, Director, USFA/NETC Management, Operations and Support Services Division. Public comments, deliberations and voting on recommendations.

10 a.m. National Fire Academy activities:

  • Campus repopulation update: Chief Hoover
  • NFA staffing update: Chief Hoover, Chief Dean
  • Managing Officer Program Report, Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program application selection results, Curriculum development and revision updates for NFA courses, EFO Program Symposium update: Chief Dean
  • National Professional Development Symposium report, Distance learning program update, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Recognition Program update, New outreach initiatives: Mr. Ken Farmer, Chief, Education, Training and Partnerships Branch
  • Branch updates: Ms. Tiffany Warren, Chief, Training, Administration, Planning and Analysis Branch; Acting Chief, Leadership and Community Risk Reduction Branch; Acting Chief, Response Branch
  • Public comments/Deliberations/Voting on recommendations

BOV subcommittee activity report: National Fire Incident Reporting System – Chief George Stapleton, Chairperson Chief Kevin Quinn, Co-Chair; Professional Development Initiative – Dr. Patricia McIntosh, Chairperson Chief John Butler, Co-Chair; Public comments/Deliberations/Voting on recommendations

11:30 a.m. USFA data research and response support initiatives: Chief Richard Patrick, Director, National Fire Programs; Public comments/Deliberations/Voting on recommendations

Noon. Federal ethics briefing: Mr. David Brummett, FEMA Office of Chief Counsel

12:30 p.m. FACA overview: Ms. Traci Silas, Senior Director, Federal Advisory Committees; Mr. Dwayne Baker, Lead Analyst, Federal Advisory Committees

1 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Report writing session

5 p.m. Final comments / Adjournment

BOV members

Andrew K. Pantelis (Chair)
District Vice President
International Association of Fire Fighters
3060 Mitchellville Road, Suite 217
Bowie, MD 20716

Eriks Gabliks (Vice Chair)
Oregon Department of Public Safety
Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway
Salem, OR 97317

Chief Kevin Quinn
First Vice Chair
National Volunteer Fire Council
7852 Walker Drive, Suite 375
Greenbelt, MD 20770

George M. Stapleton
Operations Chief
South Carolina State Fire
141 Monticello Trail
Columbia, SC 29203

John S. Butler
Fire Chief
Fairfax County Department of Fire and Rescue
12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22033

Dr. Patricia McIntosh
Emergency Management Coordinator
College of the Mainland
1200 N. Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591

Thomas E. Romaine, Jr.
Minnesota DNR-Forestry
644 Pfaender Drive
New Ulm, MN 56073