New members named to NFPAs board of directors

Published on June 3, 2007

June 3, 2007 – New members of the board of directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) were elected today at the Association’s.

Elections take effect as of the close of the opening general session.

New members are John C. Dean of Winthrop, Maine; Rebecca F. Denlinger of Marietta, Georgia; and Keith F. Williams of Northbrook, Illinois.

Dean began his career in the fire service in 1971 and is currently the state fire marshal of Maine.In addition to being the president of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), he is treasurer of the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission and a member of the Maine Fire Training & Education Advisory Board. Dean holds a degree in fire science from Southern Maine Technical College and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) at the National Fire Academy.

Denlinger is currently fire chief with the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services in Georgia, where she began her career 20 years ago. In 2004, President Bush appointed her to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. She is a member of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and represents the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs as a member of the Georgia Homeland Security Task Force.

Williams is president and CEO of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a not-for-profit product safety and certification organization. Previous to UL, he spent eight years with Medtronic, a leader in medical device therapies; and worked for more than 20 years for General Electric (GE). During his time at GE, Williams served on company boards of directors in Japan, Korea, India and Thailand. Recently he was elected to the Board of Directors of the US-China Business Council.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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