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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).


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NFPA’s bi-annual Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference is a great place for community leaders, researchers, insurance professionals, emergency responders, homeowners and others involved in wildfire safety and preparedness to share their knowledge and best practices on key wildfire issues that they can then take back to their communities and workplace. This year, Backyards and Beyond is scheduled for October 22-24, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Next summer in Las Vegas, we will introduce conference sessions focused on wildland fire at the NFPA Conference & Expo® so that you can keep the conversations going until the next Backyards & Beyond! Session proposals can be submitted online through October 14. 

Do you have knowledge to share?

Would you like to increase your exposure and visibility in your industry?

Maybe add to your resume and list of achievements?

How would you like a complimentary registration for the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, June 13-16, 2016?

Then we want to hear from you! We need your help now to submit session proposals.

We are seeking the industry's best and brightest to share perspectives, best practices, and case studies at our conference. So, we invite you to submit a proposal detailing the topic(s) you would like to address.

In addition to Wildland Fire, tracks for the conference include: Electrical, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire and Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity, Building and Life Safety, Health Care, Loss Control/Prevention, Detection and Notification, Fire Suppression, Codes and Standards and Public Education.

Deadline:* Wednesday, October 14* 

All proposals must be submitted online:* Submit Proposal *

For assistance or questions regarding:

Content of your proposed presentation, please contact Stacey Moriarty

The Call for Presentations process, please contact Andrea White</p>



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