Certification Advisory Group

NFPA would like to thank the volunteer committee that helps to maintain the Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) Certification. As a part of the CFPE 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 CFPE exam. The hard work and dedication of the following individuals, along with the rest of the volunteer committee, is appreciated. 

Kathy Cline, CFPS, CFPE

City of Boynton Beach, Florida
Fire Marshal

Kathy Cline has been with the City of Boynton Beach for 12 years. For the last seven years she has been in the life safety division for the Boynton Beach Fire Department. In October, 2016 she was promoted to fire marshal and works closely and cooperatively with community development staff, building officials, public works department, city engineers, architects, designers, contractors, and the public. The life safety division also participates in fire investigations to determine cause, including suspected arson, and prepares reports and findings.

Kathy’s certifications include: Florida State Fire Investigator I, Fire Inspector I & II, National Fire Protection Association’s Certified Fire Plan Examiner, and Certified Fire Protection Specialist. She also has an associate’s degree in fire science. Kathy is now pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in supervision and management and is finishing the state fire code administrator certification. 

Nicholas A. Dawe, CFPE

Deputy Fire Marshal
Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services

Nicholas A. Dawe is an experienced deputy fire marshal that has worked for Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services since 2004. The last six years he supervised the Existing Building Division that completes more than 3,000 life safety inspections per year. Prior to that he was the senior fire protection analyst in the plan review division that performs approximately 5,000 various plan reviews and issues 1,500 permits annually.

Nick’s is a certified Georgia Fire Inspector and maintains the National Fire Protection Association’s Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) certification. He also serves on 14 different NFPA Technical Committees. Over the years he has completed two related engineering technical degrees, a master’s of business administration, and is a graduate of the Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Tommy Demopoulos

Fire Plans Examiner & Fire Investigator
Tamarac Fire Department

Tommy Demopoulos currently works for the Tamarac Fire Department in Broward County as a Fire Plans Examiner and Fire Investigator and has been with the city for about five years. He holds a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and a Certified Fire Plans Examiner (CFPE) through NFPA and a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) certification through National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). Tommy also holds a State of Florida Fire Officer 2, Investigator 1, Inspector 1, Live Fire Training Instructor, Instructor 1, and is a designated Fire Officer (FO) through the CPSE.

Tommy has served on multiple Broward County sub-committees such as the fire watch guidelines, food trucks, hood cleaning certifications and is currently the president for the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County. He completed his associate’s degree in fire science from St. Petersburg College and is currently underway on his bachelor’s degree in public safety administration.

Sean Eames

Fire Inspector and Plan Reviewer
BWI Airport Rescue & Fire Department

Since August 2016, Sean Eames has been working for the BWI Airport Rescue & Fire Department as a fire inspector and plan reviewer in the office of the fire marshal.

Sean’s prior experience includes 27 years working for Prince George’s County. He spent 20 years in the fire/EMS department (PGFD) where he retired as an assistant chief. He served operationally in numerous fire suppression and paramedic assignments, most notably, spending over four years in the PGFD Fire Marshal’s Office first as a captain and then as the assistant chief, managing that office. Since his retirement from the PGFD, Sean has worked seven years as a fire and life safety plan reviewer for the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement. He was responsible for reviewing architectural, engineering and fire protection system shop drawings submitted for new buildings, renovations, additions, and tenant fit-outs throughout the county.

Sean has numerous certifications including Certified Fire Protection Specialist, several Plans Examiner certifications and is certified as a fire investigator. He also holds several NICET certifications as well. 

Joseph Malkoun

Principal Mechanical and Energy Engineer
MEP Engineers, LLC

 Joseph Malkoun has more than 30 years of experience in commercial, industrial and institutional design of HVAC, fire protection, plumbing, and power plant design. For the last 14 years, he has been involved in healthcare facility management, project planning, facility operation, life safety, and fire protection.

Joseph currently works for MEP Engineers as a lead mechanical / energy engineer. He was brought in to bolster their mechanical and energy engineering department. During his time at MEP Engineering and throughout his career he has performed many facility condition assessments including assessments for Wayne State University, BCA Stone Crest Hospital, and the GM Tech Center Design Studio.

Joseph received his BSME from Lawrence Technological University and his master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Detroit. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.

Deane E. Walker, CSP, CFPE

Fire Inspector
Grayslake Fire Protection District - Grayslake, Illinois 

Mr. Walker is currently appointed to the position of fire inspector for the Grayslake Fire Protection District’s Fire Prevention Bureau. He has more than 32 years of overall work experience including over 21 years of fire service experience in the areas of fire protection, fire prevention, fire & life safety/building code enforcement, fire suppression, and emergency medical services. He has extensive knowledge and experience in health and safety program management and consulting in government, the manufacturing industry, and consulting firms, along with health & safety training, industrial hygiene, and hazardous materials/radiation safety. 

Deane earned his B.S. in industrial technology - occupational safety and construction from Illinois State University in 1984 (with honors).  His registrations and affiliations include: Certified Fire Plan Examiner - NFPA; Certified Safety Professional - BCSP; Fire Investigator & Fire Prevention Officer - Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal; NFPA, ICC, Northern Illinois Fire Inspectors Association, Grayslake Professional Firefighters Association, Local 4977, IAFF.