Last year Alan Burton earned his Certified Fire Plan Examiner certification. To achieve this level, he has also dedicated himself to complete training and passing the exams for the Certified Fire Inspector-I, and Certified Fire Inspector-II. He is now the Section Chief of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department-Airport Division (Fire Prevention & Community Risks Reduction Section).
As the Chief of Fire Prevention & Community Risk Reductions at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Alan wears many hats. His duties and responsibilities are to:
- oversee Community Risk Reduction (i.e. fire extinguisher training, pre-fire planning, evacuation drill, etc.) and permitting
- provide fire safety classes to airport stakeholders and enforcement of Federal Aviation Administration FAR 139.321 and all applicable City of Atlanta codes
- evaluate and approve submitted construction plans
- and respond to life safety complaints
Alan is in a unique position in that the Atlanta Fire Rescue Fire Department is a partner agency with the NFPA and offers NFPA training for Georgia. He received his NFPA certification as Certified Fire Plan Examiner at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year. Leon Katcharian, NFPA’s Director of Certification, explains that “like the CFI-I and CFI-II certification programs, the CFPE is based on the NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. In addition to the NFPA 1031, the CFPE certification program also includes NFPA codes related directly to the plan examiner’s field-of-practice.”
Alan commented "with this training and certification, I've enhanced my knowledge, skills and abilities in my profession as a Community Risks Reductions Chief Officer. NFPA certifications offer a greater understanding of the fire codes and why they exist. They’ve given me a better understanding and appreciation of Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reductions and how we prevent fire through education and training. Having NFPA certifications has helped me obtain the rank of Section Chief and requested to return back to the airport."
More on the NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner
It is the particular mission of the NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) program to promote professionalism within the fire plan examiner field-of-practice through a widely accepted, recognized, appreciated, and practical certification program.
The program goals include:
- Recognize and provide evidence of competence as related to NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner
- Enhance professionalism
- Ensure proficiency in the use of codes and standards
- Promote professional development
- Ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone