Rob currently serves as the International Code Council Vice President for Government Relations: National Fire Service Activities. He is responsible for strategic guidance to help local fire organizations adopt and enforce the most recent version of the model codes based on technical merit and build relationships among code enforcement entities.
In 2015, Rob retired as Deputy Superintendent for the United States Fire Administration National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. He led the development of curriculum aimed at improving the professionalism of America’s fire service.
Prior to that, Rob for six years managed the National Fire Academy’s Technical Fire Prevention curriculum; including fire inspection techniques, prescriptive and performance-based fire and building code interpretation and application, fire protection systems function, design, installation and standards, and plan review for fire inspection personnel.
In 2012, he received the FEMA Administrator’s Award for Innovation in training for his development of the popular Coffee Break Training series. Rob represented the United States Fire Administration in an analysis of the Fire Department of New York’s “Comprehensive Building Inspection and Data Analysis System” in 2009, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency World Trade Center Building Performance Assessment Team in 2001. In 2004, he was awarded the International Society for Performance Improvement award for the National Fire Academy class “Evaluating Performance-Based Designs”.
He has more than 30 years of experience in Washington state municipal fire protection as a fire chief, fire marshal and fire fighter. He served as charter member of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee No. 1037 for "Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal," and represents the International Code Council on the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council. He is on the Vision 20/20 Steering Committee.
Rob has been published regularly in national fire protection trade journals, and for many years has been content developer and platform instructor on codes, standards and fire protection systems to national, regional and local audiences.
David Guynn is the University Fire Marshal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fire Marshal Guynn joined the fire service in 2004, and has served as a career and volunteer firefighter in several departments. As the University Fire Marshal, he is responsible for fire safety at the Chapel Hill campus, and leads the on-campus hazardous materials response team. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and a Certified Emergency Manager, and has a variety of fire service certifications. David holds a Master of Science degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree from Roanoke College.
Emily Powell has the unique advantage of having seen the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill from three sides: once as the care-free student, once as the responder to campus, and now responsible for Fire Safety on campus. As Fire Safety Professional located in the Dept of Environmental, Health, and Safety, her duties include campus education, building inspections, code compliance and customer service, new program design, and she works with the Chapel Hill Fire Department to aid their effectiveness in responding to campus.
Mr. Orazine is a Consulting Engineer at EPM, Inc. He holds a
Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering and has over twenty (20) years
of fire protection engineering and consulting experience in various aspects of
fire protection including life safety codes and systems for industrial
facilities including power plants, casinos, large assembly, and mixed use
projects. He has worked on fire, smoke, and alarm system design and code
consulting for a variety of projects. Prior to his work in consulting, Mr.
Orazine worked in Quality Assurance for a manufacturing facility of advanced
fire alarm devices and in the application of special hazard systems for a major
manufacturer of special suppression systems (halon/CO2/FM200/FE/Wet & Dry
Chemical). Mr. Orazine also has worked for a special hazard fire protection
contracting firm installing Inergen and FM-200 systems as well as designing and
installing incipient detection and preaction control systems. Mr. Orazine has
been the engineer of record for the design of multiple fire protection systems
(fire alarm, special hazard, halon, sprinkler, foam suppression) for various
hazards and has provided construction administration services from bid through
construction and approval. Projects also
include extensive review and system commissioning and testing for a natural gas
power plant, hydraulic modeling for nuclear plan fire loop, fire hazard
analysis, fire pump performance analysis, fire protection design for
transformer protection, and code reviews.
Dan Jones entered the fire service in February 1974 and rose through the ranks to retire as as a Fire Chief in 2015. He was command of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity fire in 1996 where 5 students died and was successful in getting student housing sprinkler legislation passed in the aftermath. Jones served for over 16 years in the Pinellas Park, Florida Fire Department before relocating to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1990 to become Fire Chief. Jones now works under his own company, "Chief Dan Leadership, LLC" doing consulting and instruction.
Chief Jones has served on a variety of committees, councils and boards at the local, state and national levels. Jones is the former Editor-in-Chief of National Fire & Rescue Magazine and is a Past-President for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is a special on-air commentator for CNN Headline News Network on breaking fire and rescue stories. He is a frequent emergency services conference speaker. He is a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina and has taught or presented in thirty-one states, Canada, England, Germany, Botswana and Scotland. Jones is the recipient of numerous awards including Florida Fire Instructor of the Year, IAFC Presidents Award, National Fire Sprinkler Person of the Year and North Carolina's highest civilian honor, The Order of the Log Leaf Pine.
Chief Jones attended St. Petersburg College, Alamance Community College, the National Fire Academy, the National Staff & Command program at the University of Maryland, and the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina. Jones has held up to twelve emergency services technical certifications. He currently resides in Chapel Hill with his wife of 40 years in a home they built with fire sprinklers.
Jim Tidwell is a Code Consultant with a long history in fire prevention. His company is Tidwell Code Consulting, and he primarily works to develop and promote changes to the ICC and NFPA codes and standards consistent with public safety and his clients’ needs.
Prior to opening his own consulting shop, Tidwell served in several positions with the International Code Council, including Deputy Senior Vice President of Government Relations where he was responsible for a team of state and local Government Relations Managers who assisted jurisdictions with adoptions, code training, etc.
He began his career with ICC by forming “Team Fire”, a group of former fire service leaders now working with ICC to generate partnerships and enhance communications with the fire service about regulatory issues of interest to public and firefighter safety.
Jim left the Fort Worth, Texas Fire Department after a 30 year career there. He served the last seven years as the Executive Deputy Chief, and served as the interim fire chief when Larry McMillen retired after his 22 year stint as chief of the department. During his tenure at Fort Worth, Jim provided leadership in many areas, including fire prevention, communications, and technology.
Jim has been active in the regulatory arena for many years, helping draft the International Fire and Building Codes, serving on the Board of Directors the International Code Council and several fire prevention organizations; working on public and firefighter safety issues in the federal, state, and local legislative arenas.
Jim continues to be active in a number of fire service organizations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation, and the Congressional Fire Services Institute. His long and distinguished career has been focused on creating a safe environment for both the public and for firefighters through fire prevention, enhanced communication, and technological advances across a wide spectrum of fire service needs.
Lori Wirth joined the Madison Fire
Department as a Community Educator in 2004. She holds a Journalism degree from
the University of Missouri – Columbia, and uses her reporting skills to
research real life solutions to common safety hazards.
Her experience includes work as a lead PIO for the City of Madison Fire Department, and the head of the Department's Community Education Unit. Under her leadership, the Community Education Unit was recognized with two statewide awards for excellence. The CBS affiliate in Madison
named Lori a Top Notch Teacher in 2012.
Lori was a key member of the team that rolled out a marketing strategy for a smoke alarm ordinance passed in Madison in the wake of a campus fire fatality.
Outside of work, Lori takes advantage of
every opportunity to spend time with her 3 grandchildren.
Lisa Korklan is the Vice President of Marketing at Keltron Corporation, a manufacturer of life safety event management systems that are specifically designed for campuses and other multi-building facilities. Keltron is a charter member and sponsor of the Center for Campus Fire Safety.
CTO of Tracesoft LTD. He has a lot of experiences in advanced technologies applications in fire safety and IoT.
Timothy Patrick O’Dowd is a Fire Program Specialist at the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Fire Administration (USFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
He directs the USFA’s Campus Fire Safety initiative including the development of prevention resources, Public Service Announcements and the maintenance of the Campus Fire Safety webpage – www.usfa.fema.gov/college
O’Dowd worked with the National Fire Academy on the development of the Campus Fire Safety curriculum.
O'Dowd researched and developed the landmark U.S. Fire Administration publication titled Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015) and continues to monitor campus fire fatalities.
In addition to his campus fire responsibilities, he manages Arson Awareness Week - a national public education campaign to focus attention on the horrific crime of arson. O’Dowd directs the Novelty & Toylike Lighter program and developed the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist Curriculum at the National Fire Academy. Other responsibilities include the Abandoned Building Arson Mitigation Project and the USFA liaison with the National Volunteer Fire Council and Fire Corps.
He managed the President’s National Arson Prevention Initiative and was the FEMA representative on the National Church Arson Task Force along with the ATF, FBI, HUD and DOJ during the Clinton Administration.
Tim is a professional sports and nature photographer. His photos have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, Track & Field News and Irish Runner magazine.
Prior to his work at the USFA, he was a Technological Hazards Program Specialist at the FEMA Region IV office in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. He was site manager for Chemical Weapons Stockpile Program at the Lexington Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky and in the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program. He began his Federal career as an Inter-Agency hire with the US Environmental Protection Agency working on the Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act – SARA Title III.
Hans Silberschlag, is the Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal for Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department (Tempe, Arizona). He serves on several Phoenix regional committees relating to large special events, including the 2014 Super Bowl and Pro Bowls. Hans has experience at special events at the operational/responder level, command level, and currently the planning and oversight level, where he reviews risk management and life safety issues for special events in his jurisdiction. Hans is also a faculty member for Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona) where he teaches in the Fire Officer Leadership and Emergency Management programs, and has conducted and authored research on terrorism vulnerability and special events safety.
Jerry Eisner, ENP has been involved in public safety communications for over twenty-five years. His experience in many fields including: two-way radio systems, computer aided dispatch and records management systems, facility design and construction management, E9-1-1 customer premise equipment, E9-1-1 infrastructure, E9-1-1 database management, and Next Generation 9-1-1 has lead him to be a recognized industry subject management expert. He has had leadership roles in small projects and the largest projects in the industry. He joined RedSky Technologies in 2011 to lead the company’s efforts in the Next Generation 9-1-1 and public safety arena as Group Director – Public Safety where he represents RedSky on NENA, NFPA, and the CTIA Location Accuracy Standards Working Group matters.
Jerry is a twenty plus year member of NENA including working on many technical committees, publications and speaking at National conferences for the organization over the years. He obtained his ENP certification in 2001 and continues to maintain this accreditation. He is a past member of the Board of Directors at the NG9-1-1 Institute and currently serves on the NFPA 1221 technical Committee and the CTIA Location Accuracy Standards Working Group. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to the National 911 Program office on topics ranging from The Future of Funding 9-1-1 to Minimum Telecommunicator Training Requirements. He holds five patents in 9-1-1 related technologies.
Positions (present and past)
· Group Director – Public Safety, RedSky Technologies
· Director of Communications Technologies, Winbourne & Costas
· Senior Deployment Project Manager, Verizon – New York City System Replacement
· Senior Project Manager, PlantCML
· Senior Product Manager, Intrado - DBMS/ALISA
· Senior Product Manager, Lucent Public Safety Systems – DBMS/ALISA
Jerry has spoken on issues including: How to build an E9-1-1 system, PSAP design, MLTS, and PSAP Overload. Locations have included NENA Annual Conferences, AYAYA International User Group Conferences, iCERT workshops, and at the Society of Telecommunication Consultants conference. In addition to these examples, Jerry has delivered educational sessions of various aspects of public safety communications to System Integrators and numerous Federal Agencies.
Jon has had a long and detailed history
within the fire, building, and life safety arena that covers over 25 years. He has a unique perspective pertaining
to safety in the built environment, having served at both the state and local levels
in different areas throughout
the United States as a firefighter, fire inspector,
fire investigator, fire protection engineer, and division chief over the building
Jon holds a Bachelors degree in
Fire Protection Engineering and Safety Technology from Oklahoma State
University and currently serves as a member of numerous state and national fire
and building organizations, which include the International Code Council, the
National Fire Protection Association, and the Society of Fire Protection
Engineers. Jon also holds many national
professional certifications including Certified Building Official and Certified
Wendy Lowe is a Fire Safety Instructor with the Delaware State Fire School since 1998. She has a passion for education and works with DSFS Emergency Medical Services and Public Fire Safety Divisions.
She is a teaching assistant at Salisbury Christian School, in Salisbury, MD. Where she works daily with 5th graders as well as the athletic department.
Since 2012 when she attended the Campus Fire Safety Forum in San Antonio, she has had a drive to educate students on the topic of Campus Fire Safety. While educating College Students is important we have widened the focus to High School Students and their families who will be attending college.
I believe she would do very well in presenting the basic information to the Forum that she shares in her presentations.
Delaware State Fire School Senior Instructor
Todd M. Iaeger
Todd joined UL’s Commercial and Industrial - Life Safety and Security Division as an AHJ Outreach Specialist/Alarm System Auditor within Fire Alarm Certificate Services in 2016 after working 26 years in public safety as a police officer, firefighter and fire marshal in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Todd provides educational outreach and technical training to the AHJ community throughout the United States as well as completing fire alarm system audits. He is based in Pennsylvania assigned to the UL Facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Todd is a certified fire and building inspector, fire and building plans examiner and fire investigator. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD and has presented training courses and contributed to publications related to fire and building code enforcement, code enforcement technology, fire investigation, expert witness testimony and fire investigations involving fire protection systems. Todd is an Alternate to the NFPA 1037: Standard on Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications representing the IAFC.
Kathleen Almand is Vice President, Research, National Fire Protection Association responsible for its affiliated research foundation, and its fire analysis, research, data analytics, and library functions. She has a MSc. civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland and a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Prior to joining NFPA in 2004, Kathleen was the Executive Director of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and held research and management positions with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences.