January 26, 2011
– The National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) Board of Directors has appointed two new members, David P. Demers and Richard Paul Owen, to the Association’s Standards Council
Demers is president of Demers Associates Inc., a fire protection engineering consulting firm he started in 1981. In addition to his 40 years of service at the Lunenburg, Mass. Fire Department, where he retired as deputy chief, he was manager of fire investigations for the NFPA for four years and worked at Firepro Inc. for three years. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he has been the chairman of three NFPA technical committees and part of the NFPA consensus standards making system for the past 29 years. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Board of Fire Protection Regulations for 28 years, having served as Chairman for the last seven.
Owen has been involved in the electrical industry for 38 years, from his start as an electrician working for various contractors to serving as the International Association of Electrical Inspectors’ International President in 2009. He served as senior electrical inspector for the city of St. Paul from 1990 to his retirement in 2009. He has served as member and chair of electrical Code-Making Panel Three and is still representing IAEI on the NEC Technical Correlating Committee. Owen is also a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Air Conditioning.
The NFPA Standards Council, a 13 member body appointed by the board of directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA codes and standards making process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA codes and standards development, acting as administer of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
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