Urban Fire Safety Task Force

The NFPA Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force comprises representatives from large, urban fire departments whose roles encompass Community Risk Reduction. Members of the task force fill a variety of fire department roles including chief officers, fire and life safety educators, community relations officers, and data experts. Each year, task force members work on specific projects designed to assist urban fire departments across the globe implement strategic Community Risk Reduction programs. 
Urban Task Force members

Olden Allen, Lt., Community Risk Reduction
Atlanta Fire Rescue
Atlanta, GA

Shelley Steele, Community Safety Officer
Calgary Fire Department
Calgary, AB Canada

Amy Krise,
Senior Fire & Life Safety Educator
Charlotte Fire Department
Charlotte, NC

Joseph Roccosalva, Deputy District Chief
Chicago Fire Department
Chicago, IL

Larry Gray, Public Information Officer
Cleveland Division of Fire
Cleveland, OH

David Sawyer, Lt., Community Liaison Officer
Columbus Division of Fire
Columbus, OH

Theresa Halsell, Lt., Community Relations Division
Detroit Fire Department
Detroit, MI

Mario Arrotta, Assistant Fire Marshal
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services
Edmonton, AB Canada

Carlos Piedra, Battalion Chief, Asst. Fire Marshal
El Paso Fire Department
El Paso, TX
Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief
Los Angeles City Fire Department
Los Angeles, CA

Brian Meurer, Major, Assistant Fire Marshal
Louisville Division of Fire
Louisville, KY

Daryl Payton, Deputy Chief of Operations
Memphis Fire Department
Memphis, TN

Casidy Anderson, Community Risk Reduction Officer
Minneapolis Fire Department
Minneapolis, MN
Larin Anttila, Captain, Public Education
Oklahoma City Fire Department
Oklahoma City, OK
Derrick Sawyer, Fire Commissioner
Philadelphia Fire Department
Philadelphia, PA
Derrick Phillips, Battalion Chief
St. Louis Fire Department
St. Louis, MO

Dana Catts, Public Education & Outreach Specialist
Seattle Fire Department
Seattle, WA

Willie Spears, Public Education & Inspection
Springfield Fire Department
Springfield, MA

Sean O'Neill, Public Educator
Toronto Fire Services
Toronto, ON Canada

Jose M. Ocadiz, Public Education & Inspection
Wichita Fire Department
Wichita, KS

­­­­­NFPA Public Education Staff Liaisons for the Urban Fire & Life Safety Task Force

Karen Berard-Reed 
Senior Project Manager High Risk Outreach

Lisa Braxton 
Associate Project Manager

Judy Comoletti 
Public Education Division Manager

Jeff Donahue 
Public Education Specialist, Western Region

Meredith Hawes 
Public Education Specialist, Central & Mid-Atlantic Region

Kelly Ransdell 
Public Education Specialist, New England and Southern Region


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