Fire and life safety services provider Telgian Corporation today announced that Executive Chairman and Board Member Russell B. Leavitt was selected to serve on the NFPA Board of Directors. NFPA Board Members are chosen from various disciplines and backgrounds and are elected based on experience in business, finance, or administration; respect of peers; respect as a member of the safety community; commitment to the association’s goals; and appreciation for the relationship NFPA must maintain with the changing needs of society.
The NFPA announced previously elected officers and new members this week at its conference and expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a member of NFPA since 1990, Leavitt has played an active role in the code and standards development process. He was a major contributor to the 2011 and 2014 NFPA 25 Handbooks and currently serves as chair of the Technical Committee on Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria (NFPA 13), serves on the Technical Committee for Sprinkler System Installation (NFPA 13), the NFPA 25 Technical Committee, the Technical Committee for Commissioning and Integrated Testing (NFPA 3 and 4), and the NFPA 5000 (building code) Technical Correlating Committee.
“Russ Leavitt’s appointment to the NFPA Board of Directors is the culmination of a career dedicated to public education, training and his dedication to fire life safety. His appointment will be a benefit to the NFPA as well as the fire protection community as a whole,” said Bob Caputo, senior member of NFPA’s faculty and professional development training program and widely respected industry professional. “I am proud to have shared our many years of friendship and professional interaction with Russ and I know I’m one of many in our industry who believe his appointment will help NFPA achieve its goals and mission as we enter a new era.”
Leavitt has been instrumental in Telgian’s growth since joining the company in 1991, and served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Telgian from 2006 until 2009. Currently, he serves as executive chairman and board member with responsibility for long-range strategic planning, human resources and legal.
“It is a true honor to have the opportunity to serve on the NFPA Board of Directors,” said Leavitt. “I look forward to working with the members of the board to advance the mission of the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and authoritative source on public safety.”
Telgian is a worldwide provider of comprehensive fire, security, life safety consulting and engineering/design services. Telgian partners with clients to produce innovative solutions that reduce exposure to loss from fire and disasters. The result is productive, profitable environments that keep businesses safe and compliant.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards.