In my new role as Division Manager with NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations, I'm delighted to welcome two new staff to our Denver and Quincy offices. Tom Welle joins the Denver office as a senior project manager and supervisor. Faith Berry joins the Quincy office as an associate project manager. Both Tom and Faith will contribute to the Division's mission of reducing risks to life and property from wildfire through advocacy, outreach, education, research and codes and standards.
Tom joins NFPA from a career in public service and wildland firefighting. Most recently, he spent more than a decade with Douglas County, Colorado, as a ranger and land management specialist. He has also instructed technical firefighting classes and volunteers with the Colorado Civil Wing Air Patrol.
Faith is familiar to readers of Fire Break as one of NFPA's six Firewise Regional Advisors, contracted with NFPA from 2011 to 2013. Faith has extensive experience in working with communities on fire and land management issues, including work as a firefighter, park ranger, and Fire Safe Council coordinator.
I look forward to working with our expanded team on all of NFPA's wildland fire safety projects and programs.