NFPA announces restructuring of Regional Operations field staff

July 6, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced the restructuring of its U.S. Regional Operations field staff, under a single team managed by Ray Bizal, regional operations director.

Meredith Hawes and Kelly Ransdell, who formerly worked as regional education specialists within NFPA’s public education division, will become regional directors for the Regional Operations team, joining Ray Bizal, Robbie Dawson, Robert Duval, Gary Honold, Gregory Cade, and Bob Sullivan. 

“These changes give our stakeholders across the United States a single point of contact for assistance with using NFPA resources to keep their communities safe,” said Bizal. Previously regional representation was separate for public education and code related support. “I’m excited to bring this streamlined model to the stakeholders, making it easier for them to work with us. And I’m thrilled to have Meredith and Kelly join our team to help further NFPA’s efforts in supporting jurisdictions as they work to best protect communities from fire and related hazards,” continued Bizal. 

The overarching role of NFPA’s regional directors is to promote and support the use of all NFPA tools and resources, including NFPA codes and standards, training, certification, as well as public education campaigns like Fire Prevention Week, Fire Sprinkler Initiative state coalitions, and other key NFPA programs.  

Following are the states for which each regional director is now responsible: 

  • Ray Bizal – CA, OR 
  • Greg Cade – DE, OH, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV, (DC) 
  • Robby Dawson – AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, SC, TN 
  • Bob Duval – CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT 
  • Meredith Hawes – IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, WI 
  • Gary Honold – AK, HI, ID, MT, ND, NE, SD, WA 
  • Kelly Ransdell – AR, LA, MO, NC, OK, TX 
  • Bob Sullivan – AZ, CO, KS, NM, NV, UT, WY

Formerly serving as a regional director for seven states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin), Russ Sanders will now focus his efforts on NFPA’s Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) Section, which brings together fire service professionals around the globe and serves as an conduit for addressing emerging issues for large-jurisdiction departments. 

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

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