Who We Are

The National Center for Fire and Life Safety (NCFLS) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on reducing injury and loss of life, property and resources by developing and deploying non-traditional, innovative fire and life safety prevention training and education methods. Our work is performed through a collaborative effort of highly regarded local, state, and national organizations, emergency services professionals, and researchers recognized as some of the world’s leading authorities in fire and life safety. Together we innovate, develop, test and research new ways of reaching a very complacent society. We share a collective vision for ‘a safer world’.


Fire and Life Safety Researchers and Organizations involved include:

Alabama 911 Board

Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs

Alabama Fire College & Personnel Standards Commission

Alabama Forestry Commission

Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

American Burn Association

American Fire Sprinkler Association

American Humane

American Red Cross

Dr. Barbara Morrongiello

Center for Diseases Control & Prevention

Electrical Safety Foundation International

Emergency Responder Safety Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Fire Department Safety Officers Association

International Association of Arson Investigators

International Association of Fire Chiefs

International Association of Fire Fighters

International Society of Fire Service Instructors

Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

National Association of State EMS Officials

National Association of State Fire Marshals

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Fire Sprinkler Association

National Volunteer Fire Council

North American Fire Training Directors

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Operation Lifesaver

Safe Kids Worldwide

The National Safety Council

The Phoenix Society

The University of Alabama, Center for Advanced Public Safety

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB Youth Safety Lab

U.S. Fire Administration

Underwriters Laboratory

USDA Forest Service

Vision 2020





Name Position
Russell A. Jackson Chief Executive Officer


Governing Leadership

Russell A. Jackson

Chief Executive Officer

The National Center for Fire and Life Safety

Jim Pauley


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
President & CEO

Frank Wampol

Vice Chair

B.L. Harbert International
Vice President Safety & Health

Randy J. Freeman


Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors
Chief Financial Officer

Wayne D. Moore, P.E.


Jensen Hughes
Vice President

Jason L. Bryant

National Bank of Commerce
Senior Vice President - Commerical Banking Officer

Joseph D. King, (Honorary Board Member)

Birmingham Fire Department
Retired Captain

Christina F. Francis, P.E.

Procter & Gamble
Global Fire Protection

Tim Honeycutt

Pelham Fire Department
Fire Chief

Rod Payton

Synovus Bank
Senior Vice President - Investments

Allan C. Rice

City of Hoover
Administrator (former Executive Director of Alabama Fire College)