NFPA Increases Home Fire Sprinklers Outreach with New Hires

March 23, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has hired two new regional fire sprinkler specialists, Dennis H. Mathisen of Roseville, Calif. and Timothy P. Travers of Whitman, Mass. to work in their respective regions to increase the number of jurisdictions requiring home fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. Travers will cover the Northeast region, while Mathisen will cover the Western region.

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“Fire sprinklers save lives and NFPA is working hard to see that all new homes are built with this proven, life-saving technology,” said Gary Keith, NFPA’s vice president of regional operations. “Tim and Dennis know firsthand from their experience in the fire service the devastating consequences of fire on families and firefighters, making them excellent choices to help us move this effort forward.”

Mathisen, who holds an associate’s degree in fire technology from American River College and a bachelor’s degree in management from Saint Mary’s College, has been division chief/fire marshal of Roseville, Calif. since 1997. Prior to that, he was a fire inspector in the American River Fire Protection District in Sacramento, Calif., during which time he served as Acting Fire Marshal from 1992 to 1993. He has been a member of the Sacramento County Fire Marshal’s Association, President of the California Fire Chief’s Association and the Sacramento Valley Fire Marshal’s Association, and co-chair of the Fire Services Education Committee.

Travers has been New England regional manager of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) since 2008. Prior to working for NFSA, he spent 13 years at the Whitman Fire Department, where he held a number of positions including chief of department. Travers has studied at the National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. He holds an associate’s degree in fire science technology.

The Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a project of the National Fire Protection Association, is a nationwide effort to encourage the use of home fire sprinklers and the adoption of fire sprinkler requirements for new construction.

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