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Fire Planning Associates

Washington Crossing, PA

Experienced in leading and improving safety and fire prevention and protection from a municipal, site
and corporate perspective, including large capital projects. Seasoned manager of major projects, safety,
fire protection and environmental engineering design, employee training, system evaluation, hazards
analysis, and preplanning and fire control methodologies.



Principal and Chief Engineer Founding partner responsible for project management and
technical oversight providing pre-emergency planning, ISO review and submittals, and fire
protection engineering to municipal and private clients, focusing on complex issues.
Conducted safety/performance audit for 5-station county fire department, fire/EMS study of
mid-sized township, life safety reviews of existing facilities, led preplanning effort for major
transportation facilities, millions of square foot of research/production facilities, large finance
corporation campus, 24 facilities of the 3rd largest school district in Pennsylvania, and for a
$150MM high-tech plant in Singapore. Completed a life safety/egress assessment of 158
buildings at a 400 acre chemical plant for VPP compliance. Conducted code compliance
consulting and developed Incident Management plans, training, and tabletop drills. Authored
research paper on residential sprinklers in 6 municipalities in Bucks County, PA. Clients have
included: Ascend Performance Materials; Merck & Co., Inc.; Glaxo SmithKline; Bristol-Myers
Squibb; Capital Health Systems; Goodyear; Genentech; Pepsi Bottling Co.; Advanced Gas
Technologies; Linde; J&J Companies, Montgomery County (PA); The Home Care Network;
the Los Alamos County (NM) Fire Department; as well as many emergency response agencies.


Safety & Environment Manager Responsible for all aspects of Safety & Environment for
20 domestic sites, and more than 9000 employees.


Senior Project Engineer Responsible for leading global fire protection and emergency
response programs as well as safety programs for 9500 employees. Global EHS auditing team
leader. Safety project lead on design team for $300MM+ vaccine manufacturing facility, and
$45MM+ data center. Safety and Environmental design lead for $215MM pharmaceutical
plant in Singapore. Responsible for coordinating all aspects of safety for 10 sites in Latin
America. Recipient of six Awards for Excellence: leadership of the corporate emergency
management training institute; leadership in the National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial
Weekend; developing and implementing a cost-effective concept of DVD-based industrial
hygiene training program; two for involvement on the Singapore Pharm Facility project team;
and development/delivery of EHS training program for senior management.


Senior Project Engineer, Fire Protection Led fire safety/prevention programs for more than
12 sites, encompassing over 13,000 employees. Oversaw protection for Company’s largest
MFL ($700+ MM) facility. Participated in design teams for expansion projects totaling over 5
million square feet ($2.5 Billion +), including spearheading over 560,000 square feet of
sprinkler retrofits. Provided direct safety support to 8 departments (>1000 employees) at one
site, including leading PHA studies and safety management of over $500 MM of construction
projects simultaneously. Chaired project to specify and accept a 2000 GPM industrial foam
pumper. Served as trainer and safety officer for site fire, EMS and hazmat teams. Recipient of 8
Awards for Excellence: including halon management plan; for helping develop county hazmat
response plan; site and Y2K contingency planning; and fire prevention/safety.


Fire Protection Engineer Developed emergency plans and conducted project reviews.


Loss Prevention Consultant Provided loss prevention consulting to clients, Including
Claridge Hotel and Casino, United Parcel Service and Marriott Corporation.


Fire Protection Engineer Responsible for consulting services and development of a
computer aided design system for fire sprinkler systems.


Fire Protection Engineer Performed fire protection engineering for various utility/nuclear
power clients, including an assignment to completely revise and update the preplans for
Arkansas Nuclear One, a 2-unit pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant.


Firefighter, line and administrative officer for fire/rescue companies in Pennsylvania and
Maryland, responding to over 11,000 emergency incidents. Served as Lieutenant, Captain,
Assistant and Deputy Fire/EMS Chief with the Bryn Athyn, PA Fire Company, receiving
Chief’s Awards for 1990, 1992 and 2002. Served as Deputy Emergency Management
Coordinator for Bryn Athyn Borough for 8 years. Led effort to upgrade Fire Co. from BLS to
ALS EMS service. Served as Chief of the Lingohocken Fire Company in Bucks County, PA
from 2008-2014 responsible for managing annual budget of over $250k and long-range plan.
Led effort to reduce the insurance rating for a municipality with no public water from a 9 to a 6.
Responsible for writing numerous successful grants exceeding $500k total. Recipient of 2003
Chief’s Award and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Award for
2005 and 2015. Member of units that have received 8 separate unit citations, and the Firemen’s
Association of the State of Penna. Valor Award for actions at emergencies. Received Penna.
State Senate Lifesaving Citation. Planning Chief for Ready Bucks Exercise 2011.


B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1985
Awarded Distinguished Alumnus Status, 2017
M.S., Public Safety, St. Joseph’s University, 1994, 3.59 GPA.


Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania (1991)
Professional Engineer, New Jersey (2006)
Professional Engineer, Wyoming (2015)


Certified Safety Professional (1998)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Qualified Accident and Illness Prevention Service Provider
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Fire Suppression Emeritus Instructor – Hazmat, Apparatus,
Command and Industrial Tracks
US National Fire Academy Instructor – Fire Prevention Technical Curriculum


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Past Principal Member – Fire Hose Committee
Chair and Past Principal Member – Pre-Incident Planning Committee
Alternate Member – Fire and Emerg. Service Organization and Deployment –Volunteer
Alternate Member – Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals
Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Awarded Fellow membership grade, 2005
Chairman – Fire Service Committee, 1998-2005
Chairman – Phila. Chapter Scholarship Committee 1988-1998.
Hat’s Off Award – 1998
Frank J. Spitz Service Award – 2008
William C. Tamburro, Sr. Vendor Support Award - 2011
Past Member – Board of Directors, Philadelphia Chapter
Inaugural Rolf H. Jensen Award for unselfish, extra-ordinary and unusual service on a
SFPE committee, 2003.


Lower Moreland High School Hall of Fame Member – 2004

Eagle Scout – Boy Scouts of America

Contributing Editor: Fire Rescue/Firefighter’s News Magazine, 1988-present

Authored over 130 articles for local, state and national periodicals.

Faculty Member – Philadelphia Community College (1996-2011) & Holy Family
University Fire Science Programs (1996-2007), Bucks County Community College
Fire Science Program (2000-present) and St. Joseph’s University MS Program in
Environmental Protection and Safety Management (2000-2007)

Speaker – 1989 Industrial Fire World Conference: “Foam-Water Sprinkler Systems.”

Speaker – 1991 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC): “Instructional Resources
for Foam/Flammable Liquids.”

Speaker – 1998 and 2000 First Due Conferences, Las Vegas, NV Seminars on Firefighter
Safety topics.

Speaker – 2000 NFPA World Fire Safety Congress, “Exploring CAFS in Industry.”

Speaker – 2004 FireRescue Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, NV, “Your 2005 Drill
Schedule,” and “Investigating Fires in Sprinklered Buildings.”

Speaker – 2005 FireRescue Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, NV, “RIT Roundtable,” and
“Tactical Driving – Where the Rubber Hits the Road.”

Speaker – 2007 National Fire Protection Association World Fire Safety Congress, 2015 SFPE
Atlanta Chapter Conference - “Investigating Fires in Sprinklered Buildings.”

Speaker – 2007 FireRescue Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, NV, “Developing and
Enhancing a Preplanning Program,” and “Diversity Shouldn’t Be a Foreign Word.

Speaker – 2008 NFPA World Fire Safety Congress, Las Vegas, NV “Investigation &
Implementation of a Chemical Fume Hood Fire Suppression System.”

Speaker – 2009, 2010, 2013 & 2016 Philadelphia Fire Department Fire Safety Symposiums

Presenter – Society of Fire Protection Engineers’ seminar on “Understanding the
Performance-Based Design Process,” 2000.

Speaker – 2010 NFPA World Fire Safety Congress, Las Vegas, NV “NFPA 1620 – Standard
for Pre-Incident Planning Updates.

Speaker – 2010 Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s Leadership Conf., Louisville, KY

Speaker – 2010 Missouri Fire Marshal’s Conference – Lightweight Construction

Speaker – 2012 NFPA Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, NV “ Pre-Incident Planning During
Construction – Case Study of New Hospital Complex.”

Speaker – 2013 Wisconsin Fire Inspector’s Conference and 2014 Michigan Fire Inspectors’
Society Fall Conference “Flammable Liquids and the Codes, Current Perspectives”

Workshop Presenter – 2014 FDIC “Developing Preplans and Simulation Training Using Your

Workshop/Classroom Presenter – 2015/16 FDIC “Firefighting Operations in Mega-Mansions”

Classroom Presenter – 2017 FDIC “Handling Fires in Laboratory Environments”

Presenter – Preplanning and Flammable Liquids topics at Fire Safety Asia Conference,
Singapore, November 2017

Invited Participant – National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Line-of-Duty Death Prevention
Summits, 2004 & 2007 – Authored White Paper for Initiative 9 on “Thoroughly
investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.”

Co-Developed 5-Part Video Training Series on Rapid Intervention Teams for Working Fire
Video, 1997.

Co-Leader of Company efforts that resulted in receiving the NFPA’s Industrial Fire
Protection Section’s Fire Prevention Week Award for 2000.

Co-Author of Rapid Intervention Teams, 2001, published by Fire Protection Publications,
Oklahoma State University. Over 14,000 copies sold. Also a companion training
curriculum developed in 2003. 2nd Edition published April, 2019

Co-Author – Fire Safety Knowledge and Practices Among Residents of an Assisted Living
Facility, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Journal, March-April 2005.

Technical Reviewer – Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems, U.S.
OSHA, 1st edition 2006, 2nd edition 2015

Chapter Author: Building Construction; Response and Sizeup; Preincident Planning, and
Fire Brigade Leader chapters, Industrial Fire Brigade: Principles and Practices, NFPA
and IAFC, Jones and Bartlett, 2007

Chapter Author: Firefighter Fatality, Injuries, and Near-Miss Data and Investigation chapter,
Understanding and Implementing the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, National
Fallen Firefighters Foundation, 2011

Member – Lower Moreland School District Building Needs/Curriculum Committees, 1998.

Member – Buckingham Township Technical Code Review of Appeals Board
Bucks County Counter Terrorism Fire Task Force Deputy Leader

Pennsylvania SR6 Commission – Appointed to a special bipartisan legislative commission to
Recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services and develop and
promote legislation in furtherance of its recommendations.

Instructed safety/emergency response classes to 1000’s of students in 20 states, Puerto Rico,
Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, China, Korea, Singapore, Canada, and South Africa.



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