NFPA Completes Election of Board of Directors

June 19, 2023 – The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) completed the election of its Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting on June 19, 2023, which included new member Brigadier General Mohamed Abdulla Al-Nuaimi, Civil Defense, UAE and the re-election of Denis Onieal, former U.S. Deputy Fire Administrator.

Brigadier General Mohamed Abdulla Al-Nuaimi has served as the UAE Director General of the Department of Fire, Protection, and Safety Affairs at the General Command of Civil Defense since 2014, where he has helped influence policy for classifying civil defense centers according to response time and specialties areas, as well as ensuring readiness in the fight against fire.

Upon graduating from United Arab Emirates University with a Bachelor of Legal and Police Sciences, Brigadier General Mohamed Abdulla Al-Nuaimi joined the Dubai Civil Defense Centers, where he was a fire and rescue officer, later becoming the General Directorate of Civil Defense.

Entering the NFPA Board of Directors with more than 30 years in the fire service, the Brigadier General has been involved in various committees, including chairman of the Standing Committee for the Evaluation and Development of the Readiness and Efficiency of the Civil Defense Sector. He was also a member of the Standing Committee for the Development of Civil Defense Centers in Abu Dhabi and has served as chairman of the NFPA Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa.

Brigadier General Mohamed Abdulla Al-Nuaimi has received multiple awards during his years in the fire protection industry, including Fireland Magazine Award for Best Practices in Fire and Emergency Affairs. In addition, he has been honored with the 2020 Middle East Excellence Award within the Community Security, Safety, and Protection Category.

Denis Onieal, the former Deputy United States Fire Administrator of the US Fire Administration, was elected to his second three-year term.

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