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The Committee on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the National Professional Qualifications System.  The COA reviews applications for accreditation and accreditation self-study documents; conducts initial and 5-year site visit evaluations; approves or denies requests for accreditation; and, ensure compliance with the operating procedures of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.  The Advisory Committee elects six members to the COA and the elected Advisory Committee Chair sits on both the Board of Directors and the COA. The Board of Directors appoints the remaining members.   

The COA meets at least quarterly.  Requests for extension of accreditation, delegation of authority, a COA official opinion or other issues that require a review of pertinent materials must be submitted to the COA 30 days prior to their next meeting in order to be considered at that meeting.

Committee on Accreditation Members 

Accreditation Manager: Advisory Committee Chairman:
Fredrick W. Piechota Jr. [e-mail] Brian R. Brauer [e-mail2018
PO Box 205 University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
Monson, MA 01057 11 Gerty Drive
413-267-5140 Champaign, IL
COA Chairman:
Kevin J. O'Connell [e-mail] 
Louisville Fire Department (retired)
Louisville, KY 40203
Members COA:
Rose Barg [e-mail] Shawn C. Belton, Deputy Fire Chief / Fire Marshal [e-mail]
Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (retired) Baltimore City FD
Toronto, Ontario  410 E. Lexington St.
416.918.8676 Baltimore, MD 21202
Laura Corn [e-mail] 2017 Doug Goodings [e-mail] 2017

Texas Engineering Extension Service

Office of Ontario Fire Marshal

Texas A&M University

25 Morton Shulman Ave.
1595 Nuclear Science Rd. Toronto, ON M3M 0B1
College Station, TX 77843-8000 647.329.1080
Charlene Jordan-Jones [e-mail] 2018 Roger Krupp [e-mail

Justice Institute of British Columbia

International Association of Arson Investigators
715 McBride Blvd 17 Tuttle
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4 Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
604.528.5669 630.330.7011
John McPhee [e-mail] 2016 Vilma Perez-Atwood [e-mail]
Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau International Association of Fire Fighters
3100 Fire Service Rd. 1750 New York Ave. NW
Ames, IA 50011 Washington, DC 20006
888.469.2374 (202) 824-1536
Lawrence L. Preston [e-mail] 2016 Craig Richardson [e-mail] 2018
Maryland Fire Rescue Institute Nanaimo Fire Rescue
4500 Paint Branch Pky. 200-575 Fitzwilliam Street
College Park, MD 20742 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R-3B2
301.226.9994 250-755-4557
Chris Senaratne [e-mail]   W. G. Shelton Jr. [e-mail
Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre Virginia Department of Fire Programs (retired)
5704 College Drive Fredericksburg, VA

Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K4

780 581 2029


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