Independent of the Center’s sponsors, the Advisory Council provides valuable strategic vision and wisdom to the Board of Directors and CCFS. The council’s members are experts and leaders in corporations, industry, and public service.

They have encompassed CCFS's core values and through their business knowledge, professional careers, contacts, and personal beliefs, work hard to champion the mission of CCFS and fire safety.


Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser is president of Fraser Fire Protection Services since retiring after a 45-year career with SimplexGrinnell where he was their director of industry relations.
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John Mcsheffrey Jr.

John is President of en-Gauge Inc,  which developed and markets the technology to electronically monitor fire extinguishers.   John’s passion for fire protection began when he was just five years old in 1973, when his father started MIJA Industries, the world leading manufacturer of spiral wound pressure gauges.   In 2000, MIJA began developing the en-Gauge technology following the tragedy at Seton Hall.  In 2008 en-Gauge Inc spun out of MIJA. Click for Bio

Chris Rovenstine

Chris is vice president of marketing for Kidde Residential and Commercial, a division of the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products. Click for Bio


August W. Schaefer

August W. Schaefer is the Senior Vice President - Public Safety Officer for Underwriters Laboratories Inc.  Gus Schaefer is UL's Public Safety Officer. In this capacity, he works to expand UL's Public Safety Mission on a global scale. He acts as UL's Public Safety guardian, ambassador and advocate both inside and outside of the company, and represents UL on major safety initiatives, working closely with UL's Commercial, Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Washington D.C. Office, and the staff of the CTO Group. He is also currently responsible for UL's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Corporate Giving activities and UL's annual giving campaign. Click for Bio

Jim Tidwell

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. Click for Bio

Tam Tran-Viet

Tam is currently with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a Washington, DC based law enforcement policy organization, where he is committed to improving the delivery of police services to the community.  PERF also serves as a research and technical assistance organization, specializing in helping law enforcement agencies improve their policies and operations.  Click for Bio


Wayne Curtis "Curt" Weldon

Wayne Curtis "Curt" Weldon served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007, representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. Mr. Weldon was vice-chair of the Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. Click for Bio