NFPA has a new employee in the Public Education Division serving as regional education specialist for the Western United States. Jeff Donahue has more than 30 years’ experience in the fire service and most recently was division chief/fire marshal for the City of Reno Fire Department, where he managed all services and activities of the Fire Prevention Division. In addition, he worked on improving processes and procedures for the Fire Prevention Division that had been subject to reductions in the workforce. He also helped develop in-house staff management and leadership skills.
Jeff has worked closely with NFPA as a board member of the International Fire Marshals Association, most recently as first vice president and chapter committee chair.
He is the third regional specialist NFPA has hired in recent months. Meredith Hawes covers the central region and Mid-Atlantic States and Kelly Ransdell covers the Southern United States and New England Region.
The Public Education Regional Specialists work remotely and are responsible for promoting the use of NFPA fire safety education materials at the state and local levels. They serve in an ambassadorial role for the association on a regional level by being spokespersons for all NFPA public education and advocacy initiatives, and provide an NFPA presence for fire departments in the region while coordinating field activities with Association staff.