NFPA Regional offices

NFPA´s regional offices promote the adoption of NFPA codes and standards by state and local authorities, assure appropriate representation at code hearings and legislative sessions, coordinate activities with NFPA staff and key constituencies, and identify ways NFPA services can improve fire, building, and life safety in their regions. Our regional offices also support research, educational, membership, and other NFPA activities.

Ray BizalDirector of Regional Operations (CA, OR)
Raymond B. Bizal, PE
Tel: +1 562 498-0711; Cell: +1 562 201-4509
Mr. Bizal oversees the U.S. Regional Directors, who provide outreach to NFPA stakeholders regarding the many activities undertaken by the association. Prior to joining NFPA in 2000, Ray spent 12 years with the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and International Fire Code Institute (IFCI), where he served in several positions, including Uniform Fire Code Coordinator and Manager of Code Development. With over 30 years in the fire protection profession, Mr. Bizal also worked at the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company Fire Department as a fire protection specialist, and Factory Mutual Engineering Association as a loss prevention consultant. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a registered Fire Protection Engineer in California.

Russ Sanders, NFPA Regional Director, Central
Central Region (IL, IN, IA, KY, MN, MO, WI)
Russ Sanders, Regional Director

Tel: +1 502 727-0239; Fax: +1 502 894-0519
Mr. Sanders is the executive secretary of NFPA's Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Section. In addition, Mr. Sanders is an NFPA representative on the International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire. He is former chief of the Louisville, Kentucky Fire Department. 




Greg Cade, NFPA Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic Region (DE, MD, MI, NC, OH, PA, VA, WV)
Gregory Cade, Regional Director

Tel: +1 202 309-8537
Fire Chief Cade (ret.) is the former United States Fire Administrator. He has over 49 years in emergency service as a responder and emergency manager. He now works for the National Fire Protection Association as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. He has written and spoken nationally and internationally on leadership, safety, and homeland security. Chief Cade is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.



Gary Honold, NFPA Regional Director, NorthwestNorthwest Region (AK, HI, ID, MT, NE, ND, SD, WA, WY)
Gary Honold, Regional Director 

Tel: +1 406 241-5981
Mr. Honold retired from the Missoula Fire Department after a 21 year career. During his years with the fire department, he rose through the ranks to the position of captain. He also spent ten years in the fire marshal’s office and was also active in statewide fire code adoption activities. Mr. Honold is a certified EMT and Fire Protection Specialist. He also served one year as an NFPA Public Education Field Advisor for the Northwest Region.  



Bob Duval, Regional Director, Northeast
Northeast Region (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT)

Robert Duval, Regional Director

Tel: +1 617 984-7476; fax: +1 617 984-7110
Mr. Duval is responsible for promoting, adoption and use of the NFPA's National Fire Codes®, consensus codes and standards, including NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®. He also represents NFPA at code hearings, legislative sessions, and allied organization meetings. Mr. Duval holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Northeastern University and has served as a staff instructor to the Connecticut Fire Academy. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, International Association of Arson Investigators, and International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is also a deputy chief for the volunteer fire department in his hometown.

Robby Dawson, NFPA Regional Director, Southeast
Southeast Region (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN)
Robby Dawson, Regional Director

Tel: +1 804-401-9063
James “Robby” Dawson is a 32 year veteran of the Chesterfield (Virginia) Fire and EMS Department. His last position there was as Assistant Chief of the Community Risk Reduction Branch. His responsibilities included the management of the fire marshals office, public education section, community relations, media and public affairs officers, and the county’s Emergency Management Office. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in Emergency Services Management, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is an Accredited Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.


Robert Sullivan, NFPA Regional Director, Southwest
Southwest Region (NV, AZ, UT, CO, NM, KS, OK and TX)
Bob Sullivan, Regional Director
Tel: +1 720 237-1752
Mr. Sullivan has over 31 years of experience serving on fire departments in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado, including several years at the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to coming to NFPA, he served on the Thornton Fire Department in Colorado as the Senior Fire Protection Engineer and Deputy Fire Marshal, focusing on new development construction and fire code enforcement. Previously, Mr. Sullivan worked for National Foam Inc./Kidde Firefighting USA and Industrial Risk Insurers. He has a Master's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.



Shayne Mintz, NFPA Regional Director, CanadaCanadian Regional Representative
Shayne Mintz

Tel: +1 705 812-2924
Mr. Mintz has over 35 years of experience in the fire service and throughout his career has worked in many roles in fire and life safety. In working through the ranks he completed his fire service career as the fire chief of a medium sized composite fire department in Southern Ontario. Mr. Mintz has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and has represented them on several committees and issues. Prior to his role as the Canadian Regional Representative, Mr. Mintz was the Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal responsible for Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.


Steve Sawyer
Fire Code Field Office
Steven Sawyer, Regional Director
Tel: +1 617 984-7423
Steven has over 40 years of fire service experience serving in various positions including Deputy Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal. He has been with NFPA for over 20 years, serving in the Life Safety Department where he was staff for the Life Safety Code and others. His latest assignment was in the Public Fire Protection Division where he staffed numerous fire service standards, including Deployment, Fire Service Training, Community Risk Reduction to name a few. He previously supported the Fire Code Committee and was co-author of the Fire Code Handbook.