June 11, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the re-election of officers and election of new members to the Board of Directors today at the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ernest J. Grant of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been elected to the board as first vice chair. Grant previously served as second vice chair. He has been an outreach nurse clinician with the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, UNC Hospitals for over 23 years. Grant is a past president of the North Carolina Nurses Association.
Philip J. DiNenno of Baltimore, Md., has been elected as second vice chair. He is president of Hughes Associates of Baltimore, Md., a global fire protection engineering firm where he has worked for more than 25 years. DiNenno is also a fellow and past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is a past member of several NFPA technical committees and is a current member of the Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems and the Technical Committee on Merchant Vessels. He also served on NFPA’s Standards Council 1998 – 2007 and was chair 2002 – 2007.
Randolph W. Tucker of The Woodlands, Texas, has been re-elected to his current position as secretary. He is the associate principal leading the Fire Protection and Life Safety team for ccrd partners and has over 30 years of fire protection engineering consulting experience, including work on projects in over 60 countries around the world. Tucker was formerly with Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. He has been chair of NFPA’s Smoke Management Systems Technical Committee since 2006.
H. Wayne Boyd, president and CEO of the U.S. Safety & Engineering Corporation in Sacramento, Calif., has been re-elected to his current position as treasurer. He has served on several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm Code and NFPA 720, Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in Dwelling Units. He is a member of NFPA's Research and Education Sections and the California State Fire Marshal's Public Education Committee.
New members elected to the board include Harold A. Schaitberger, of Washington, D.C.; William A. Stewart, of Toronto, ON, Canada; and Peter J. Gore Willse, of Hartford, Conn.
Schaitberger has been the general president of International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for the last 12 years. He serves on many boards and committees, and in 2009 was elected by President Barack Obama to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. Schaitberger also serves as vice president of AFL-CIO Executive Committee as well as vice president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of American.
Stewart retired from the position of Fire Chief of Toronto Fire Services, Toronto, Canada in 2012 after a nearly 40-year career with the fire service. Throughout his career, he worked in several positions including Operations Fire Fighter, Fire Captain, Administration Chief, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, and Deputy Chief. Stewart is a past president of the Metropolitan Fire Chief’s Association and a past international president of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and current Board member.
Willse is the vice president Director of Research for XL GAPS. He is a member of Society of Fire Protection Engineers’ Board of Directors, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Fire Protection Engineering Advisory Board, and a past recipient of NFPA’s Special Achievement Award. Renowned for his publications, Willse has revised chapters in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth editions of NFPA’s Fire Protection Handbook as well as a chapter in the ninth edition of NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Inspection Manual.
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