New CTIF Vice President Donald P. Bliss (right) shakes hands with outgoing VP Luther Fincher
Donald P. Bliss, NFPA’s vice president of field operations, was recently named vice president for the Executive Committee of the Comité Technique Internationale de Prévention et d’Extinction du Feu – commonly referred to as CTIF. Bliss is just the fourth American vice president of the CTIF committee in modern history, taking over for outgoing VP Luther Fincher.
Bliss was elected to a four-year term and can serve two full terms. The committee is comprised of a president, secretary general, treasurer and six vice presidents.
“It is a great honor to be elected vice president of CTIF by my peers from around the globe,” Bliss said. “I am committed to furthering fire prevention and suppression efforts worldwide; and look forward to sharing the information and knowledge that NFPA has developed through more than 100 years of research, analysis and collaboration, as well as learning much from this esteemed group.”
CTIF was founded in 1900 to encourage international cooperation among fire experts. Membership is made up of 36 countries, each with its own president and one vote, and close to 50 associate member private and public organizations. Before his new election, Bliss was previously president of the U.S. delegation, a role that will now be filled by Russ Sanders, NFPA’s central region director.
Sanders, another former CITF VP, leaves the role of representing the U.S. on CTIF’s Training and Education Working Group and Fire Prevention Commission, and will be succeeded in this role by Ryan Depew, emergency services specialist of NFPA’s Public Fire Protection division.
The English translation for the group is the International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Suppression of Fire, although the working title for the organization is the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (IAFRS).