The NIFAST mission is to broadly increase fire safety
awareness, reduce the risk and number of fires, and
thereby reduce loss of life, injury, and property damage
through education. We hope to advance this mission through
education, training, inspections, and standards development
NIFAST is a company built by fire safety
professionals along with providers of commercial life and
fire safety services that have decades or fire safety
experience. NIFAST was developed to fill the void in
the residential and college environments in existing
standards, regulations and codes to reduce the loss of life.
NIFAST is a for-profit venture, which allows us to take
our best practices to deliver a product that is easily
transferred to the non-profit sector.
How NIFAST Got Started
Since its inception in 2007, NIFAST is growing at a rapid pace. As providers of commercial life and fire safety services, our growing demands and requests in the residential community, and our affiliation with a nationwide chain of home inspectors, we felt that a group needed to be developed that would have the capability to deliver life and fire safety training to a wide range of people.
Our organization understands that there are many providers of innovative fire safety education tools. We do not claim to be code writers or the legal authority or the fire department (although we are qualified to comment on code). Most of our staff are fire safety professionals. Collectively, as a group, we are members of
And many other organizations that share a similar mission.
What makes us different is the core foundation of “why” we are capable of initiating our offering: we have experience and expertise in DELIVERING life and fire safety training and services that are fast, efficient and scalable. Our programs exist to support the things that most fire safety officials cannot provide (speed of delivery, outreach, and relevance) Someone has to go out into the community and DO the work. NIFAST DOES THE WORK!
The NIFAST program is gaining interest at the state and national level as well. We are currently presenting our programs to the Governor’s office, and to federal agencies and university officials. Our experience and understanding o f legislative trends gives us a strong confidence that more, not less, stringent requirements are on the way. There is a positive movement going on that suggests changes need to be made with fire safety, and at NIFAST, we hope to do our part to help make it successful.
Behind the Scenes
Our group of senior fire safety officials are available at anytime to answer questions, discuss topics, engage in forums, or present to your group of key stakeholders. Education is the key to our messaging.
President: Steve Smith
Executive Assistant: Heather Almendinger
Director of Education and Certification: Terry Flanagan
Legal and Authority: David Speaker
Program Development: Online course and test: Shawn Rech
Partners of Interest:
President, ABCO Fire Protection, Inc.: Bob Titmas
Founder, Live Safe: Jill Marcinick
Program Development: Marketing: Megan James
Associations: Home inspectors and campus: Doug Benns
Learn more about our team out on the NIFAST blog. Please connect with us!