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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] Christina Foley [e-mail] 2019
Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (retired) TEEX
Toronto, Ontario  1595 Nuclear Science Rd. - Bldg 106 
416.918.8676 College Station, TX 77845
Steve Gervais [e-mail Charlene Jordan-Jones [e-mail] 2021
405 Olympic Drive

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Lafayette, LA  70506 715 McBride Blvd
337-983-5528 New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
Michael Lee [e-mail] 2021 Kevin J. O'Connell [e-mail] 

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

Louisville Fire Department (retired)
1200 Washington Avenue Louisville, KY 40203
Albany NY 12226 812.704.5389
Vilma Perez-Atwood [e-mail] Robert Rand [e-mail]  
International Association of Fire Fighters Massachusetts Firefighting Academy
1750 New York Ave. NW State Road
Washington, DC 20006

Stowe, MA 01775

(202) 824-1536 978-567-3223
Chris Senaratne [e-mail]   Autumn Saylor [e-mail] 2019
Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre International Code Council - Eastern Regional Office
5704 College Drive 900 Montclair Road

Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K4

Birmingham, AL 35213
780 581 2029 888.422.7233  Ext. 5223
John P Smith III [e-mail Gary Thorstenson [e-mail]
US DOD Certification Manager

Regional Training Manager -IAAI

139 Barnes Av., Suite 1 2111 Baldwin Ave, Suite 203
Tyndall AFB, FL 32403 Crofton, MD 21114
850 283 6221 860-625-7954


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