Who We Are


The National Center for Fire and Life Safety (NCFLS) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization serving nationally and abroad. Our mission is to reduce injury and loss of life, property and resources by developing and deploying non-traditional, innovative fire and life safety prevention training and education. Our work is 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 share a collective vision for ‘a safer world’.


Our campus, soon to be constructed, will be in the Birmingham region of Alabama just 30 minutes south of downtown Birmingham in Pelham, Alabama. The campus will house our state-of-the-art adventure-like public education center called the NFPA HEROES EXPERIENCE.




Day in and day out, the work of our expert partners are focused on protecting and saving lives. Their work, in many cases, have far reaching implications and are considered cutting edge. We’re proud to have some of the top experts in their respective disciplines to advise, develop, implement, and evaluate our education activities. We’re proud to call them our partners and collaborators.



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)