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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: COA 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
Advisory Committee Chairman:
Ronald Hassan [e-mail] 2021

Technology and Certification Section

Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute
4500 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20472
Members COA:
Rose Barg [e-mail]
Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (retired)
Toronto, Ontario 
Christina Foley [e-mail] 2019 Steve Gervais [e-mail
TEEX 405 Olympic Drive
1595 Nuclear Science Rd. - Bldg 106  Lafayette, LA  70506
College Station, TX 77845 337-983-5528
Charlene Jordan-Jones [e-mail] 2021 Michael Lee [e-mail] 2021

Justice Institute of British Columbia

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

715 McBride Blvd 1200 Washington Avenue
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4 Albany NY 12226
604.528.5669 571-474-6746
Kevin J. O'Connell [e-mail]  Vilma Perez-Atwood [e-mail]
Louisville Fire Department (retired) International Association of Fire Fighters
Louisville, KY 40203 1750 New York Ave. NW
812.704.5389 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 824-1536
Robert Rand [e-mail]   Chris Senaratne [e-mail]  
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre
State Road 5704 College Drive

Stowe, MA 01775

Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K4

978-567-3223 780 581 2029
Autumn Saylor [e-mail] 2019 John P Smith III [e-mail
International Code Council - Eastern Regional Office US DOD Certification Manager
900 Montclair Road 139 Barnes Av., Suite 1
Birmingham, AL 35213 Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
888.422.7233  Ext. 5223 850 283 6221
Wendell Stewart [e-mail] Gary Thorstenson [e-mail]
Louisville Fire Department (retired)

Regional Training Manager -IAAI

Louisville, KY 2111 Baldwin Ave, Suite 203
Crofton, MD 21114


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