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High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee

Staff Liaison: Valerie Ziavras 

Scope: This committee was appointed by the NFPA Standards Council to: identify existing needs and emerging issues within the high-rise building environment; produce recommendations as to how NFPA can provide a leadership role on such issues; and ensure that the NFPA codes and standards process includes current subject matter on high-rise building safety, emerging technologies, and other matters that impact those who work in, live in, or operate high-rise buildings.


  • James R. Quiter, Arup, San Francisco, CA, rep. Safety to Life Correlating Committee (Chair)
  • Geoff Craighead, Skyscraper Security Portland, OR 
  • John M. Esposito, Fire Department City of New York, New York, NY
  • Jon D. Magnusson, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA, rep. National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
  • John P. Miller, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jack J. Murphy, Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York, Leonia, NJ, rep. Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York
  • Jake Pauls, Jake Pauls Consulting Services, Toronto, ON, Canada, rep. American Public Health Association
  • Sally Regenhard, The Skyscraper Safety Campaign, Woodlawn, NY
  • James P. Shea, JPMorgan Chase & Company, New York, NY 
  • William A. Stewart, Mississauga, ON, Canada, rep. Metropolitan Fire Chiefs-IAFC/NFPA
  • Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, Chicago, IL, rep. Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat 
  • Charles R. Jennings, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Peekskill, NY, rep. The Skyscraper Safety Campaign (alt. to S. Regenhard)
  • Russell Touhey, Brookfield Properties, Brookfield Place, NY


  • Next meeting: April 27, 2020, Teleconference/Web meeting