NFPA Board of Directors appoints new members to Standards Council

Published on February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors has appointed three new members to serve three-year terms with effective dates in January 2012:  Donald P. Bliss of Hampton, New Hampshire, Randall K. Bradley of Manteca, California, and John A. Rickard of Austin, Texas to the Association’s Standards Council.

Bliss is president and chief operating officer of the National Infrastructure Institute in Portsmouth, N.H. and is a senior public safety consultant with Municipal Resources, Inc. He began his career with the Durham-UNH Fire Department and has been a part of the fire service in some way for over 40 years, holding such titles as director of the University of Connecticut Fire Department, and both the fire chief and town emergency management director for Salem, New Hampshire. Bliss was both the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal and state homeland security director, and has served in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations, including National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and the National Fire Protection Association. He served as a member of NFPA’s board of directors 2003-2009; was the chair of the NFPA 1 Fire Code Committee, and currently serves as chair of NEC Code Making Panel 13. Bliss holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire and has taught as an adjunct professor in the UNH graduate public administration program for the past five years.

Bradley has been a member of the fire service for over 30 years and is fire chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District in California. He has served for more than 20 years as a member of NFPA’s Forest and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee, serving as chair for the past nine. He is a director of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Section, a charter member of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Advisory Committee, and instructor for NFPA Home Ignition Zone seminars.  Bradley completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California.

Rickard is chief executive officer of Katus, LLC, an architectural design and consulting firm, specializing in senior living and health care. He has more than 30 years experience in design and construction and has been chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Building Systems since 2002, and a member of NFPA’s Technical Committees on Health Care Occupancies, and Board and Care Facilities. He is a registered architect, engineer, and accessibility specialist in the state of Texas. Rickard holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught as an adjunct professor in the architectural engineering program there for more than 10 years.

Standards Council member, John C. Harrington of FM Global has been reappointed to serve a second three-year term.

The NFPA Standards Council, a 13 member body appointed by the board of directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA codes and standards making process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA codes and standards development, acting as administer of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body.

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