Three Trustees Appointed To NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation

Quincy, MA – The board of directors of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has appointed three trustees to the Fire Protection Research Foundation effective immediately. They are Davis R. Parsons of Lakewood, Calif.; Mickey Shiver of Lake Buena Vista, FL; and Catherine L. Stashak, C.S.P., of Deerfield, IL. The trustees will serve a three-year term on the 12-member board.

The Foundation, a charitable, nonprofit fire research group, is an affiliate of the NFPA. The Foundation’s work has included projects on the storage of flammable liquids, quick-response sprinklers, fire detection, fire risk assessment methods, fire fighting foam and electrical safety.

Parsons, a fire and life safety consultant, served with the Los Angeles City Fire Department for 35 years. He retired as deputy chief in 1998. During his career, he was the city’s fire marshal and then commander of the Bureau of Emergency Services. Parsons is a past member of NFPA’s Standards Council, the Aviation Section board of directors and the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Technical Committee. He’s a former board member of the International Fire Marshals Association. Currently, Parsons is chair of NFPA’s Motion Picture and Television Industry Technical Committee.

Shiver began his career as a firefighter and is currently deputy district administrator/executive director for the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He is responsible for enforcing building, electrical, and mechanical codes and oversees fire and emergency medical services and fire prevention codes and inspections.

Stashak, senior fire protection consultant for Schirmer Engineering Corp., Deerfield, IL, has nearly 20 years of experience in fire protection, safety engineering and technical building code consulting. While she was a firefighter/inspector in Des Plaines, IL, she developed and implemented a comprehensive fire sprinkler ordinance that prompted the completion of sprinkler installations in nearly 100 new and existing buildings. Stashak chairs the NFPA Technical Committee on Educational and Day-Care Occupancies and also serves on the Life Safety Code Technical Correlating Committee. She is a member of the International Fire Marshals Association.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation convenes international research councils to help define fire problems in need of research, conducts research application symposia on a broad range of fire safety issues, and manages broad-based consortium-funded research in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world.

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