NFPA has announced the restructuring of its U.S. Regional Operations field staff, which will now function as a single team and be managed by Ray Bizal, regional operations director. Previously, regional representation was separate for public education and code-related support. Through these organizational changes, NFPA can better provide a single point of contact for stakeholders who rely on our resources and guidance as they work to keep their communities safe.
Meredith Hawes and Kelly Ransdell, who formerly worked as regional education specialists within NFPA’s public education division, will become regional directors for the Regional Operations team, joining Ray Bizal, Robbie Dawson, Robert Duval, Gary Honold, Gregory Cade, and Bob Sullivan.
Following are the states for which each regional director is now responsible:
- Ray Bizal – CA, OR
- Greg Cade – DE, OH, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV, (DC)
- Robby Dawson – AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, SC, TN
- Bob Duval – CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT
- Meredith Hawes – IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, WI
- Gary Honold – AK, HI, ID, MT, ND, NE, SD, WA
- Kelly Ransdell – AR, LA, MO, NC, OK, TX
- Bob Sullivan – AZ, CO, KS, NM, NV, UT, WY
Formerly serving as a regional director for seven states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin), Russ Sanders will now focus his efforts on NFPA’s Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) Section, which brings together fire service professionals around the globe and serves as an conduit for addressing emerging issues for large-jurisdiction departments.
The overarching role of NFPA’s regional directors is to promote and support the use of all NFPA tools and resources, including NFPA codes and standards, training, certification, as well as public education campaigns like Fire Prevention Week, Fire Sprinkler Initiative state coalitions, and other key NFPA programs.