Certification Advisory Group

NFPA would like to thank the volunteer committee that helps to maintain the Certified Fire Inspector – II (CFI-II) Certification. As a part of the CFI-II committee, volunteer members work with NFPA staff to create new exam items, modify existing items to improve performance, and perform cut score studies. This important work helps ensure the reliability and validity of the CFI-II exam. The hard work and dedication of the following individuals, along with the rest of the volunteer committee, is appreciated.  

Steve Coburn

Fire Inspector
Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Division 

Steve Coburn has 30 years of fire service related experience. His current position is with the Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Division (fire inspector II). Steve’s daily routine includes: inspections for new construction, fire protection systems, water supply, business licenses, permits, flame effects, and pyrotechnics.

Steve also has 26 years of experience with the Los Alamos Fire Department in New Mexico. He began his career as a firefighter and retired as the assistant fire chief / fire marshal. Steve was involved in many special projects during his career and implemented new fire and life safety processes that were successful in improving community safety. He also developed a community wildland forest restoration project after the 2000 Cerro Grande wild-fire that devastated his community.

Steve is currently certified from NFPA as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), and Fire Inspector levels I & II. He also has his Fire Inspector levels I & II with the ICC and Fire inspector I with the Nevada State Fire Marshal's office.

Steve’s objective in all the positions he has held during his career was to work positively with diverse individuals and organizations in accomplishing to influence trust, respect, honesty and integrity. 

Patrick Cotter NFPA CFI II, NFPA CFPE

Fire Marshal
Sanford Fire Department, Sanford ME

Patrick Cotter has been with the Sanford Fire Department since 2013 as the Fire Marshal, and has over 20 years of fire service experience. Patrick in in charge of all fire prevention actives in Sanford including state plan review, fire inspections, and fire investigations. He is an NFPA Certified Fire Inspector II, Certified Fire Plans Examiner, and an International Association of Arson Investigation - Fire Investigation Technician. In his free time Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, coaching t-ball, and running with his volunteer fire company in his home town of Cape Elizabeth where he is a Lieutenant. 

Richard (Rick) Euper

Fire & Life Safety Educator / Fire Inspector
Kelowna Fire Department

Rick Euper started in the fire service in 1997 as a paid on-call member. He was hired full time in 2005 as a fire inspector/firefighter in Courtenay on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. Rick’s previous career as a mechanic help him secure the position of master emergency vehicle technician with Courtenay Fire Department. His job in Courtenay was very diverse in that it included firefighting, inspecting, investigating and maintaining all the department’s equipment.  

In January, 2011, Rick decided to take a position with the Kelowna Fire Department in British Columbia’s interior. This new position was in fire prevention and involved inspection, investigations and public education. In 2013, the position of public educator was created. He accepted this new position, and now, 75% of his time is devoted to public education.

Rick strongly believes in the importance of giving back to others with the experience that he has gained and he feels that being on this committee allows him to do so.   

Jim Jaracz, MEP, CFPS, CFEI, CFI-II

Consultant
Fire Code Guy

Jim Jaracz joined the fire service in 1989 and has maintained a primary focus on fire prevention and protection, training, and occupational safety for municipal and industrial organizations. He holds multiple certifications, including Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Fire Inspector 2 through the NFPA, and earned a master’s of science degree in occupational safety. 

Jim currently provides code, standard and regulatory compliance training, guidance and curriculum development for various public and private sector organizations, routinely facilitates courses offered at the National Fire Academy and also serves on NFPA technical committees. 

R. T. Leicht

Chief of Fire Protection
Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office

Employed by the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office since 1998, R. T. Leicht is currently the chief of fire protection, heading up the division that addresses all technical, plan review, and code related issues

R.T. has been involved in fire protection in some way for the past 45+ years. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in fire protection in Michigan and a master’s of science degree in public safety from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is a Life Member of NFPA and has been a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers since 1978.

“Whitey” served in the US Air Force in the early 1970’s and was honorably discharged.  He is active with NFPA, serving as past chairman of NFPA 96, a principal on NFPA 101, and is secretary of NFPA 20. He is also the immediate past president of the International Fire Marshals Association and is the first recipient of their meritorious service medal. He is also a Certified Fire Inspector II, Certified Plans Examiner, and Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, he currently enjoys watching Phillies baseball, Villanova basketball, and Penn State football. In his earlier years, Whitey was active in all sports including an avid amateur boxer. 

Bob Penrod

Fire Inspector
Camp Lejeune Fire and Emergency Services

Bob Penrod began his fire service career in 1975 with the O'Fallon Fire Protection District outside of St. Louis. In 1978, he joined the US Air Force, and later transferred to the US Navy. Over the next eight years while serving in the military he served as a volunteer fire fighter with multiple departments. In 1985, he cosponsored a move to get US Navy corpsmen trained as flight medics in the Chicago area. In 1987, he and his wife moved to North Carolina where he joined the Hubert Volunteer Fire Department obtaining the rank of fire chief. He then moved to the Swansboro Fire Department in 1999 as a fire fighter, and was promoted to the fire chief's position in 2004. Bob was responsible for taking the department from all volunteer to a combination department in 2007. In 1990 he was hired by the Camp Lejeune Fire & Emergency Services as a fire fighter making his way thru the ranks as a captain, supervisory 911 communicator, and later transiting to his current position as fire inspector.

His education includes a bachelor's degree in emergency management and a master’s degree in fire science. He has multiple certifications to include Homeland Security, Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, and HAZMAT Technician.

Inspector Penrod has been an advocate for the Coastal Carolina Community College Fire Academy where he continues as an instructor since 1989. Inspector Penrod has served in many positions throughout his career to include chairman of the Fire Chief's Association and chairman of the first Onslow County Fire College as well as multiple awards.

Patrick W. Saltmarsh, CFI-II

Corporate Safety Director
J.Derenzo Companies, Boston, MA

Patrick Saltmarsh is a dedicated safety professional and compliance specialist, currently working for J.Derenzo Company as their corporate safety director. J.Derenzo is a family of four companies, consisting of J.Derenzo Co. (site contractor), JDC Demolition, New Roads Environmental Services (abatement) and Boston Environmental Corporation (testing / sampling).

Patrick began his safety career as a firefighter / first responder, and was promoted rapidly to the rank of lieutenant by demonstrating leadership, instructional skills and effectiveness in a modern fire safety department. After his career in the fire service, Patrick worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a national EH&S inspector before his current position with J.Derenzo Company.

He holds undergraduate degrees in fire science and physical science, along with NFPA CFI-II, ICC CFI-II, MA CFI-II, Fire Safety Instructor-II, Fire Officer-II, and numerous other life safety certifications.

Patrick lives in southeastern Massachusetts with his three children and wife of more than 22 years.