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 Board of Visitors From left to right, Row 1: Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, U.S. Fire Administrator Keith Bryant, NFA Superintendent Tonya Hoover and Andrew Pantelis. Row 2: Eriks Gabliks and Chief Kevin Quinn. Row 3: Steven Westermann, George Stapleton, Dr. Patricia McIntosh, Thomas Romaine, Jr. and NFA Deputy Superintendent Kirby Kiefer.
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
National Volunteer Fire Council
7852 Walker Drive, Suite 375
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Central Jackson Fire Protection District
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
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway
Salem, OR 97317
Dr. Patricia McIntosh
College of the Mainland
1200 N. Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591
Thomas E. Romaine, Jr.
644 Pfaender Drive
New Ulm, MN 56073
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