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William J. McCammon, Treasurer of NFPA's Board of Directors

William J. McCammonWilliam J. McCammon, Treasurer of NFPA’s Board of Directors, died in his sleep on October 13, 2014. Chief McCammon was appointed to the board for a 3-year term at NFPA’s Annual Meeting in June 2009, then was re-elected in June 2012 for a second 3-year term. During his tenure as an NFPA board member, he had served on the Governance, Executive, Finance, Compensation and Scholarship Committees. As Treasurer, he had chaired the Finance and Compensation committees. Chief McCammon also served on NFPA’s Wildland Advisory Committee.

Chief McCammon was the first Fire Chief of the Alameda County (CA) Fire Department from 1993-2006. He began his fire service career working for the Dublin-San Ramon Services District Fire Department (SLFD). During his 14 years with SLFD, he held the ranks of firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief-Fire Marshal and Fire Chief.

Chief McCammon served in all positions on the Metropolitan “Metro” Executive Board including President. At the time of his death, Chief McCammon was representing the Metro as one of four vice chairs on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to the First Net Board. Chief McCammon also represented the Metro on SAFECOM, which is an advisory committee to the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) in the Department of Homeland Security.  The Committee reviews issues surrounding interoperability and makes recommendations to the agency.

He led the effort to create the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA), which built and operates a communications system for 43 public agencies within Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He was currently serving as the Executive Director for EBRCSA. In 2012 he was appointed Vice-Chair for FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee.

He leaves his wife, Rose Padilla-Johnson, and three children.

John L. Bryan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland's (UMD) Department of Fire Protection Engineering

John BryanJohn L. Bryan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland's (UMD) Department of Fire Protection Engineering, has passed away. Dr. Bryan, known as the "Prof" by his students, performed in various fire service, academic and professional consulting occupations for four decades. He served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from the establishment of the department in 1956 until his retirement from the University in 1993. 

Since 1966, Dr. Bryan served on NFPA technical committees, including the Building Code/Life Safety Code Means of Egress and Life Safety Code correlating committees. A longstanding member of NFPA’s Board of Directors and Standards Council, Dr. Bryan was elected chair during his tenure in both groups.  

In 1986, he received NFPA’s Paul C. Lamb Award, established to honor members whose service to NFPA characterizes the height of volunteer spirit and deed, and in 2005, received NFPA's Standards Medal, the highest award given by the Standards Council, which recognizes outstanding contributions to fire safety in the development of codes and standards. He also received the Society of Fire Protection Engineer’s "Fire Protection Man of the Year" honor in 1977. 

Dr. Bryan was a widely published author whose professional affiliations include SFPE, UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) and ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials).


Carl BaldassarraCarl Baldassarra has joined the Northbrook, Illinois, headquarters of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) as Principal and Unit Manager. Baldassarra has worked extensively with WJE on past projects, including the 2006 Metropolitan Highway System Stem-to-Stern Safety Review in Boston, Massachusetts. In his new capacity with WJE, Baldassarra will build and lead WJE’s fire protection practice. Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Baldassarra was the Executive Vice President of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. in Chicago, where he managed the firm’s western region and practice development. His experience also spans more than thirty-five years at Schirmer (Aon) Engineering Corporation in Deerfield, Illinois, where he most recently served as president of the firm and was responsible for opera tions in all regional offices.

Don JohnsonDonald M. Johnson of Walnut Creek, CA, passed away July 14 at 93. Johnson's professional career encompassed 37 years with Standard Oil of California/Chevron Corporation, where he rose to Corporate Chief Fire Protection Engineer, being responsible for their corporate fire protection programs worldwide.  He entered private consulting practice upon retirement.

Johnson’s service to NFPA began in 1964, when he was appointed to the Technical Committees on General Storage of Flammable Liquids (NFPA 30) and Transportation of Flammable Liquids (NFPA 385). Shortly after, he was appointed to the Correlating Committee on Flammable Liquids. He served on the Technical Committee on Transportation of Flammable Liquids until 1985 and on the Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code Committee (NFPA 30) until 1990. He chaired the latter from 1981 until 1990. He also initiated NFPA’s Technical Committee on Automotive and Marine Service Stations (NFPA 30A) in 1981, serving as its Chair until 1988 and actively participating on the project until 1990. Johnson also held life membership in the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Western Fire Chiefs Association.

Richard BiermannNFPA has recently learned of the passing of Richard Gene Biermann, who served on NFPA's Board of Directors from 1991-1997. Biermann passed away on September 6, 2012. From 1962 to 1994 Biermann served on several different panels for the National Electrical Code. An unprecedented achievement was serving as chairman of the NEC for 14 years. Biermann was also inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Electrical Contracting and the first to have "Member Emeritus" in the National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee. He was the first person from the electrical field to be appointed to NFPA's Board of Directors. In 1995 Dick received the Paul C. Lamb Award for his contribution for keeping the public safe. This is the highest form of recognition that is awarded by NFPA.


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