September 24, 2008 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has appointed Maria Figueroa as regional manager in its newly created Fire Prevention Field Office. In her role, Figueroa will support fire prevention activities nationwide with a special focus on supporting NFPA’s work involving the adoption of residential sprinklers ordinances.
Figueroa has more than 25 years of fire-service experience. Most recently, she worked as a firefighter/paramedic with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department in Doral, Florida where she served as a fire rescue captain, co-chair of the Miami-Dade Fire Prevention and Safety Appeals Board, and an officer in charge of the Code Compliance Bureau from 1996-1998. She has also spent time as a consultant, providing services in the areas of disaster management, business continuity and implementation of NFPA 1600. Over the years, Figueroa has also acted as a trainer for fire prevention-related programs both domestic and international, which predominantly included outreach to the Hispanic community.
The State of Florida recognized Figueroa as Public Fire Educator of the Year in 1997. She has also been honored with an award for achievement from the National Association of Counties; a leadership award from the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters (NAHF), an organization of which she is a member; and an award for community service from the National Association of Hispanic Public Administrators (NAHPA).
Figueroa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and an Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services from Miami-Dade College.
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