February 25, 2010 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Kenneth R. Willette of Chicopee, Mass. as the new division manager, Public Fire Protection.
Willette has 35 years of fire service and emergency preparedness planning experience. He spent 26 years of his career at the Wilbraham, Mass. fire department, with seven of those years serving as fire chief and emergency management director. Willette held the same position at the Concord, Mass. fire department, from 2003 until 2009. His career includes a variety of other fire service related positions, including coordinator of fire officer training at Massachusetts Fire Academy, instructor at Springfield Technical Community College, and an airfield/structural firefighter for the Department of Defense. Willette is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and past president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts.
Willette graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Administration from Empire State University in Stony Brook, N.Y. He is a certified fire officer and fire instructor. He is also a graduate of the Executive Officer program of the National Fire Academy.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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