February 19, 2010 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently announced the appointment of Crosby Grindle of Bend, Oregon as the new northwest regional manager. He is replacing Dave Nuss who became NFPA’s wildland fire protection division manager.
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In his new position, Grindle will be focused on improving fire, building, and life safety in his region by working with state and local authorities, to promote NFPA services and the adoption of NFPA codes and standards in nine states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition, he will also support research and public education, and participate in other activities related to fire safety that affect his region.
Grindle has over 25 years of experience in fire service, including volunteer and professional work for fire departments and EMS organizations. Most recently, he served as the executive officer for the Western Fire Chiefs Association, where he oversaw the development and growth of FireRescue GPO, a national group purchasing program intended to reduce costs and eliminate the need for fire departments to go through the request for proposal (RFP) process that they must often use when making a purchase. He also served as the director of professional development for the International Association of Fire Chiefs in Fairfax, Va., and the training chief for the Roanoke Fire EMS Department in Roanoke, Va.
Grindle holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
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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