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Tim Knisely and Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner

Tim Knisely

is the Director for The Center for Campus Fire Safety and the Senior Fire Inspector for the Centre Region Code Administration in State College, PA.  In this position he manages the Existing Structures Division that administers the fire and property maintenance code in all existing commercial and residential rental properties, and coordinates the life safety education for the community including off-campus and Greek housing. Tim has been active with The Center for Campus Fire Safety since its inception and served as treasurer from 2007 to 2010.  He is a frequent presenter at Campus Fire Forum, an instructor for the Fire-Wise Campus program and served as project manager for Campus Fire Data. Active in emergency services since 1981, he has served as fire chief for the Bellefonte Fire Department.  Tim is a local level instructor for the PA State Fire Academy and is currently a firefighter with the Alpha Fire Company in State College, PA.

Kelly Kistner

Kelly has served as fire marshal at the municipal, county, and state levels.  Kelly is currently the Fire Marshal for the City of San Marcos, TX.  Kelly was the Assistant State Fire Marshal in Texas and responsible for the fire inspection; fire investigation; and, outreach, policy and research sections of the SFMO. Kelly is the former fire marshal of Guadalupe County, TX. In addition to serving as the county fire marshal, Kelly has also served as a manager overseeing other fire investigators and professional engineers in multiple private fire investigation firms.  Kelly has served in multiple other capacities in the fire service and law enforcement.  He received his bachelor degree from Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) University in Urban and Regional Planning.  He is currently completing his Masters of Science in Forensic Sciences with a concentration in Arson and Explosion Investigations from Oklahoma State University.

He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist with NFPA, a master Texas peace officer, a certified fire investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, and holds advanced Texas certifications as an arson investigator, fire inspector and firefighter.  He is also certified as a fire service Instructor III, Fire Officer, and Incident Safety Officer. Kelly is also a principal voting member of the NFPA 1033 and NFPA 1037 technical committees.


CCFS Director, and Fire Marshal, San Marcos  |  The Center for Campus Fire Safety, Inc.

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