Administrative and advisory committees

After each committee is an indication of the scope of committee activity and, where appropriate, a reference to the NFPA publications for which it is responsible.

Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee

  • CHAIR: Toby Olson Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046
  • Rocky Burks, City of Sacramento Department of Transportation Engineering Services Div., 915 I Street Room 2000, Sacramento, CA 95814-1604
  • Marilyn Golden, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), 1629 Ward Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
  • Marsha Mazz, The Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004
  • Gail Minger, Michael H. Minger Foundation, P.O. Box 721, Niceville, FL 32588
  • Thomas Norton, Norel Service Company, Inc., 237 Buckmaster Dr., Concord, MA 01742
  • Richard Skaff, Designing Accessible Communities, 303 Ashton Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94141
  • Steven Spinetto, Former Commissioner, Commission for Persons with Disabilities, City of Boston, Boston City Hall, Rm 966, Boston, MA 02201
  • Mary Troupe, Executive Director, Just Advocacy, 603 Mill Branch Road, Pearl, MS 39208

Scope: A presidential committee appointed by the NFPA President to: identify existing needs and emerging issues within the disability community; identify areas where NFPA can provide a leadership role on such issues; ensure that the NFPA Codes and Standards process includes current subject matter that addresses disability issues, access provisions, and other matters that impact the disability community.

Staff Liaison: Allan Fraser

Glossary of Terms Technical Advisory Committee

  • CHAIR: Marcelo M. Hirschler, GBH International, 2 Friar’s Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94941
  • Richard A. Blanchard Silicon Valley Expert Witness Group Inc., 2570 West El Camino Real, Suite 550. Mountain View, CA 94040
  • Susan Desrocher East Bridgewater, MA 02333
  • Jeff M. Goldsmith General Electric Company, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Burlington, MA 01803-4535
  • Rodney A. McPhee Canadian Wood Council, 99 Bank, Suite 400, Ottawa, ON KIP 6B9, Canada
  • Thomas A. Salamone Gannett Fleming Inc., 20 Elmwood Circle, Peekskill, NY 10566

Scope: The Glossary of Terms Technical Advisory Committee (GOT) shall be a standing advisory committee, reporting directly to the NFPA Standards Council. The GOT shall be charged with:

  1. Providing advisory support to the NFPA Standards Council on policies related to definitions in NFPA Codes, Standards, Recommended Practices, and Guides;
  2. Submitting comments to NFPA documents to generate consistent definitions and minimize the number of duplicate definitions;
  3. Submitting comments to NFPA documents related to definitions that do not comply with the Manual of Style; and
  4. Handling special tasks as assigned by the NFPA Standards Council.

Staff Liaison: Tracy L. Vecchiarelli

 High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee

  • CHAIR: James R. Quiter, Arup, 901 Market Street, Suite 260, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Geoff Craighead, Universal Protection Service, 1551 North Tustin Avenue, Suite 650, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Jon D. Magnusson, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3200, Seattle, WA 98101-2699 (Rep National Council of Structural Engineering Associations)
  • John P. Miller, Los Angeles City Fire Department,  Battalion 17 “A” Platoon, 200 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Jack J. Murphy, Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York, 236 Overlook Avenue, Leonia, NJ 07605 (Rep Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York)
  • Steven M. Nilles, Goettsch Partners, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60604 (Rep Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)
  • Jake Pauls, Jake Pauls Consulting Service in Building Use and Safety, 12507 Winexburg Manor Drive, Suite 201, Silver Spring, MD 20906 (Rep American Public Health Association)
  • James Shea, Tishman Speyer Properties, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY,10111
  • Sally Regenhard, The Skyscraper Safety Campaign, 131 East 237 Street, P.O. Box 70, Woodlawn, NY 10470 (Rep The Skyscraper Safety Campaign)
  • William Stewart, 873 Whitney Dr., Mississauga, ON L4Y 1E6 Canada (Rep Metropolitan Fire Chiefs-IAFC/NFPA)
  • Charles Jenning, (Alternate to S. Regenhard) John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, 229 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566 (Rep The Skyscraper Safety Campaign)

Scope: This committee was appointed by the NFPA Standards Council to: identify existing needs and emerging issues within the high rise building environment; produce recommendations as to how NFPA can provide a leadership role on such issues; and ensure that the NFPA Codes and Standards Process includes current subject matter on high rise building safety, emerging technologies, and other matters that impact those who work in, live in, or operate high rise buildings.

Staff Liaison: Kristin Bigda

Marine Chemist Qualification Board (MCQB) 

  • CHAIR: Michael Arnold  Marsh, USA Inc. – Marsh Risk Consulting, 111 Southwest Columbia, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97201
  • EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Lawrence B. Russell†, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471
  • John Doran  OSG Ship Management, Inc., 302 Knights Run Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
  • H. Evans Rustad  18085 John Broussard Road, Prairieville, LA 70769 
  • Kevin W. Sayler  CIH, Industrial Hygienist & Safety Manager, Dakota Creek Industries, 820 Fourth Street, Anacortes, WA 98221
  • Robert H. Walker, III  Marine Chemist Service, Inc., 11850 Tug Boat Lane, Newport News, VA  23606
  • ALTERNATE:  Philip Dovinh (Alt. to R. H. Walker III) Sound Testing, Inc., P. O. Box 16204, Seattle, WA 98116
    • Cathleen Donohue  Office of the Asst. Secretary of the Navy, (EI&E), 100 Navy Pentagon (RM 4A674), Washington, DC 20350
    • Amy Wangdahl  U.S. Dept. of Labor – OSHA, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210
    • Jeffrey S. Clark  CIH, CSP, Commandant U.S. Coast Guard (CG-1132), Shore Safety Division, 2100 2nd Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20593
    • Dr. Gary A. Morris  CSP, (Alternate. to C. Donohue) Department of Occupational Safety & Health, Murray State University, 157 Industry and Technology Center, Murray, KY 42071

Staff Liaison: Lawrence B. Russell

Regulations (MCQB)

For the purpose of certifying Marine Chemists, the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association shall appoint a Marine Chemist Qualification Board (hereinafter called the Board). This Board shall be organized and shall function in accordance with the regulations that follow. Certificates are issued upon information believed to be reliable and no other representation and no warranty or guarantee, express or implied, is made in connection therewith. In addition, neither the Association nor any of its officers, directors, committees, committee members, or employees assumes any responsibility for any misrepresentation, error of judgment, default, or negligence of the holder of a certificate.


  1. The Board shall consist of five members appointed by the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association. The membership of the Board shall have a representative from the tank ship operators, the shipyards, the Marine Chemists Association, the marine insurance industry, and a practicing Marine Chemist. Membership on the Board shall be available to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the U.S. Navy (USN), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor. Such membership shall be on a voting or nonvoting status as the named government agency shall determine. The individual representing each named government agency shall be nominated by that agency and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association. Members of the Board shall be appointed to serve three-year terms except for the member from the USCG, OSHA, and USN, who shall serve at the discretion of the parent agency or unless terminated by the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association. Members serving three-year terms may serve no more than two consecutive full three-year terms.
  2. The Board Chair shall be appointed by the National Fire Protection Association Board of Directors from among the members of the Marine Chemist Qualification Board.
  3. The Marine Chemist Qualification Board shall advise the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association on the establishment of or amendment to the Rules for the Certification and Recertification of Marine Chemists, which shall be adopted by the Board of Directors.
  4. Based upon the Rules for the Certification of Marine Chemists, the Board shall act on applications for certification and recertification as a Marine Chemist or for registration as a trainee, and may issue a certificate or deny certification or registration to an applicant. In its consideration of any application, the Board shall apply the Rules and make appropriate determinations regarding the qualifications of any applicant.
  5. The Board may suspend or cancel a certificate in accordance with the Rules.
  6. The Board shall renew certificates provided that the Marine Chemist requesting renewal meets the requirements of the Board and the Rules.
  7. Action on applications for certification shall be by written ballot of the Board. If a member of the Board votes against certification of an applicant or fails to return a ballot within 30 days, the application of that applicant shall be held for review and discussion at the next meeting of the Board.
  8. The Board shall recommend to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association a suitable processing fee and a fee for renewal of certification.
  9. Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern at meetings of the Board, except as may otherwise be provided in these Regulations.
  10. The Board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a register of all applications for certification including the application, the responses of the references, supplementary material submitted with the application including letter ballots, and such other information as may be deemed necessary by the Board.
  11. The Board shall submit annually to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association a report of its transactions of the preceding year.


  12. The President of the Association shall appoint a Secretary to the Board who shall be a member of the Association staff.


  13. The Secretary of the Board shall receive applications for certification and the processing fee, shall solicit the recommendations of references, shall request action on each application from the Board, and shall perform such other duties as may be requested by the Board or assigned by the President of the Association.

  14. The Secretary shall record the certificate number awarded to each certificated Marine Chemist and the expiration date.

  15.  Annually a roster of certificated Marine Chemists shall be published by the Secretary. The roster shall be mailed to each certificated Marine Chemist and furnished to others on request.


  16. Any person who shall feel aggrieved by any action of the Board in denying or suspending that person’s certificate or any other action taken by the Board may appeal therefrom to the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association. The procedures for appeals to the Board of Directors and the procedures for hearings shall apply to any appeal.


  17. The term of office of members of the Board may be terminated at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Toxicity Technical Advisory Committee

  • CHAIR: Richard G. Gann, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8664, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8664
  • SECRETARY: Amy Beasley Cronin†, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471
  • Craig Beyler, Hughes Assoc., Inc., 3610 Commerce Drive, Suite 817, Baltimore, MD 21227-1652
  • Edward V. Clougherty, Ph.D. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 20 Pleasant Valley Circle, W. Roxbury, MA 02132
  • Richard Pehrson, Ph.D. Futrell Fire Consult and Design, Inc., 8860 Jefferson Highway, Osseo, MN  55369-1500

Scope: This Committee shall be responsible for providing recommendations to committees of the Association on questions and policies relating to assessing the toxicity of the products of combustion. This Committee shall report its activities annually to the Standards Council, and members of this Committee shall be appointed by the Standards Council.

Staff Liaison: Amy Beasley Cronin  

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