Nicole Comeau named executive secretary of the International Fire Marshals Association

September 2, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Nicole Comeau the executive secretary of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA). The mission of IFMA is to aid in the preservation of life and property by advocating for, promoting, and providing support to fire marshals across the globe who have expertise in fire prevention, public fire, life safety education, property inspection, explosives, engineering, and fire investigation.

Prior to being named stakeholder development director for NFPA earlier this summer, Comeau worked closely with the enforcement community since joining NFPA in 2015. Her collaboration with fire marshals and her keen understanding of the issues facing AHJs (authorities having jurisdiction) prompted NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley to appoint her as the new executive secretary of IFMA.

“Fire marshals and code officials play a critical and influential role in the entire NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™; they face many unique challenges and it’s critical to keep their needs at the forefront of what we’re doing at NFPA,” Comeau said. “I am looking forward to working with this important and influential network, developing it globally, and ensuring that we stay focused on the ultimate goal of keeping communities safer. We have a unique opportunity to develop and implement creative solutions to ongoing public safety problems, to anticipate and plan for the challenges of tomorrow, and to engage the public at large to ultimately reduce loss around the world. This is a very exciting opportunity for all of us.”

Established in 1906, IFMA was originally known as the Fire Marshals Association of North America until it became the Fire Marshals' Section of NFPA or IFMA in 1927. IFMA members are encouraged to:

  • Actively participate in the codes- and standards-making process
  • Stay abreast of new research
  • Identify resources that will help to further fire prevention and protection efforts
  • Monitor fire safety issues at the international, national, state, and local levels

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

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