Certification Advisory Group

NFPA would like to thank the volunteer committee that helps to maintain the Certified Fire Inspector – I (CFI-I) Certification. As a part of the CFI-I committee, volunteer members work with NFPA staff to create new exam items, modify existing items to improve performance, and perform cut score studies.

This important work helps ensure the reliability and validity of the CFI-I exam. The hard work and dedication of the following individuals, along with the rest of the volunteer committee, is appreciated.  

Mohamad Nizam Agil, CFI, CFPS, CLSS, CSITMS, FIFireE, PSFPE, B.Eng (NTU), MBA

Senior Fire and Safety Engineer
ASTAD

Mohamad Nizam Agil prepares, reviews and approves design drawings of all fire safety systems (passive and active). He writes fire strategy and inspection reports, and he inspects and tests all fire safety systems. 

Mohamad has worked for over 23 years in the business of fire safety, rescue, fire-fighting, and security. He is a fire fighting trainer in specialized fire-fighting techniques in high-rise and process plants. Mohamad is also an expert in all the breathing apparatus wearer procedures.

Wes Cunningham, CFI-1

Protection & Fire Services Coordinator
SickKids - The Hospital for Sick Children

As the protection and fire services coordinator for The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for the last five years, Wes Cunningham has been responsible for coordinating all service and inspections to four fire systems protecting over two million square feet. Wes also provides fire safety training for all staff and completes hazard inspections. He also provides consultation and fire safety training for new security staff for a security company in Toronto.

Wes has been employed in life safety and security management for 27 years. His focus has been on safety for all occupants in any building that he has worked in through staff training and compliance to the Ontario Fire Code.

Wes has been married for 26 years and has three children. When not working, you can find Wes and his family hiking, kayaking and volunteering with Special Olympics Ontario.

Bobby Delgado, CFPS, CFI-I

Loss Control Field Director
Cincinnati Insurance Company

Mr. Delgado has been in the insurance profession for over 16 years, providing consultative services with a focus on property & life safety assessments. He began his career at ISO/Verisk Analytics as a property insurance rating specialist, with gradual transition into conducting commercial lines inspections for multiple carriers. Through this experience, he gained knowledge in the evaluation of building construction characteristics, internal protection systems, and life-safety features. Bobby is now a loss control field director for the Cincinnati Insurance Companies, providing risk management solutions for client policyholders.  

His current responsibilities include on-site inspections, hazard and loss analysis, and ensuring regulatory or standardized compliance across multiple industries and businesses. Through reference of various NFPA standards and codes, his goal is hazard mitigation by educating clients in the understanding of emergency preparedness, contingency planning, and risk management.  

He is a graduate of the University of Texas (San Antonio) with a BBA in finance, and holds the CFI-I and CFPS professional designations. Bobby resides in San Antonio, Texas, and services multiple insurance agency partners and insured policyholders across the South Texas region.

J.D. Horst, CSP, CFI-I, COHC

Environmental and Safety Compliance Administrator
Federal Bureau of Prisons – AUSP Thomson

J.D. has over 15 years of industrial safety compliance and consulting experience with 12 years focused on prison safety management and life safety code enforcement. In his current position as the environmental and safety compliance administrator for the Bureau of Prisons at the Administrative United States Penitentiary, Thomson, Illinois, he leads and inspires a team of four environmental and safety compliance professionals. 

J.D. is responsible for developing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating a comprehensive occupational safety, environmental, and fire protection program focused on OSHA, EPA, and NFPA compliance. 

He has a graduate certificate in executive leadership from Cornell University, a bachelor’s degree in safety sciences from Murray State University, and an associate’s degree of applied science in environmental compliance management from Barton County Community College.

Jennifer Laine, MPH, CSP, CPH, CHMM, CFI-I

Safety Manager, Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention
UTHealth

Jennifer Laine is responsible for the occupational and fire safety oversight of the UTHealth campus in Houston. Texas requires state facilities to comply with several NFPA codes and standards, with the focus on NFPA 1 and NFPA 101.

Jennifer Laine is the safety manager of the Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This group is a component of the Office of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management, which serves the entire health science center. Jennifer has over 20 years of safety experience, including 12 years in fire safety research. She holds a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan and is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Program at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Sean M. Lindgren – CFI-I

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal
Nebraska State Fire Marshal Agency

In his current position, Sean supervises nine deputy state fire marshals in the Code Enforcement Division with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Agency, enforcing statutes and regulations in every type of occupancy. Sean has been with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal in the Investigations and Code Enforcement Divisions for ten years. He has served in the fire service for 25 years, first as a volunteer firefighter and then as a career firefighter/paramedic, for seven years, before joining the State Fire Marshals Agency. 

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys traveling, fishing, and coaching baseball. 

Colin McKay, CFPS, CFI-I

Fire & Emergency Management Consultant
RPA, A JensenHughes Company

Colin McKay has been a fire & emergency management consultant with RPA, A Jensen Hughes Company since 2013. RPA is a team of fire, code compliance and emergency management experts, providing specialized technology and professional services to healthcare facilities.

Colin is a Certified Fire Inspector (CFI-1), and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) with the National Fire Protection Association and is certified and licensed in a variety of other fire-related areas.

Prior to joining RPA, Colin worked with a large hospital system in Cleveland and was charged with ensuring proper inspection, testing and maintenance of fire and life safety components to maintain compliance with all local, state, federal and Joint Commission standards and regulations. He ensured that the facilities were continuously prepared for Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services surveys by overseeing a highly successful fire and life safety barrier management program. He has also been a member of the Lorain County Ohio Incident Management Assistance Team, which supports the Lorain County Emergency Management Office.

Colin holds a masters of public administration degree and a bachelor of arts degree in public safety management from Cleveland State University, and an associate’s of applied science degree in fire science from Lorain County Community College. He is based in RPA’s central region office in Cleveland, Ohio.

Robert Overton, CFPS, CFI

Associate
RTM Consultants, Inc.

Robert Overton has been working with the building codes and life safety in several capacities for 30 years. As an architectural draftsman, he has worked in several firms where his code knowledge was utilized to review construction documents and to prepare the life safety plans and building code summaries. As a construction contract administrator, Robert was responsible for maintaining the contractual agreement between the owner and contractor. In this role, he was able to evaluate unforeseen site conditions and provide code compliant solutions and use his knowledge of the code requirements to better evaluate alternatives proposed by the contractors.     

As a plans examiner, Robert worked at the Indiana Building Commissioner’s Office where he reviewed projects for all types of commercial construction. As a building code consultant within a private architectural firm, he has worked primarily with projects for the primary and higher education markets and long-term assisted living facilities. In the role of associate state architect, Robert was responsible for building code and life safety compliance for the hospital and retirement homes owned by the state of Indiana.

Robert Overton is a member of the National Fire Protection Association. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Fire Inspector through the NFPA. He is a graduate of Purdue University and has an associate’s degree in applied science in architectural technology and a bachelor’s degree in construction technology.

Matthew L. Thomas, RN, CFI-I, FF, FIT

Life Safety Code/Fire Inspector
State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services

As a life safety code inspector, Matthew Thomas is responsible for the fire safety oversight of health care facilities within the state of Alaska. The state and federal regulations require facilities to comply with several NFPA codes and standards. Mr. Thomas applies these codes and standards to ensure facilities are constructed and maintained in a safe manner.

He has worked for the state of Alaska for the last six years, with a total of 16 years of service in the health care field. Originally, Matthew started his career as a registered nurse specializing in emergency care, pediatrics and geriatric psychology. Prior to his nursing career, he spent eight years in the back of an ambulance working in both extreme rural and major metropolitan areas.

Matthew chose to pursue a career in the fire service after moving to Anchorage from western Kentucky. After joining the local fire department, he found a love and passion for fire prevention and building inspections. He currently lives in Anchorage with this two K-9 companions.

Matthew has recently taken on the role as the emergency preparedness lead for the state of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. His main responsibility is to survey the state after a disaster to inform the state and federal government of operational status of all health care facilities post disaster.

Alexander Tolen, CFI-I, NICET I

Fire Inspector - Fire Life Safety Specialist
Paramount Pictures Corporation

Alexander Tolen currently serves as the fire inspector - fire life safety specialist for Paramount Pictures Corporation. In that role, he is responsible for coordination of the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire and life safety systems and equipment throughout the Paramount Pictures studio lot and other properties. He is also involved with the planning, review, and inspection of new and upgraded fire protection systems.

Prior to joining Paramount Pictures, Mr. Tolen worked for Aon Fire Protection Engineering (Aon FPE) as an associate consultant.  Mr. Tolen began his career in the New York office of Aon FPE in 2008, and worked in the San Diego, Los Angeles, and Dubai, U.A.E. offices during his tenure. He was the lead fire protection system design, review, and inspection consultant for Aon FPE’s Los Angeles and Dubai offices.

Mr. Tolen is currently an active member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Code Council (ICC). He is a NFPA Certified Fire Inspector and has been certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) for design, inspection and testing of water based fire protection systems. Mr. Tolen received his AS degree in criminal justice and BS degree in fire science protection from CUNY John Jay. He has also received a graduate certificate in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Rob Van, CFI-I

Fire Prevention Officer
Port Moody Fire Rescue

Rob Van has been in Fire Rescue for 22 years from a volunteer member to career and fire prevention for the last 10 years performing code compliance inspections, fire investigations and plan reviews. Rob is also a zone director of the Fire Prevention Officers Association of British Columbia and an active member of the BC Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Prior to joining fire rescue services Rob worked in IT with a diploma in computer systems.