David Lynam is the Fire Marshal and Deputy Building Official in Kitsap County, Washington. He is currently the president of the International Fire Marshal’s Association and serves on several NFPA technical committees for fire prevention organization and community risk reduction. Over the last thirty years, David has served as a fire fighter, investigator, inspector and chief officer in departments in Washington and Oregon. He is an Adjunct instructor at Everette Community College for their fire service program and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Glenn is a Deputy State Fire Marshal with the Codes and Technical Services section within the Fire and Life Safety branch of the Oregon Office of the State Marshal. Glenn also specializes in fire prevention in State-Owned facilities including the Oregon Department of Corrections and Oregon Youth Authority properties. Glenn performs state-wide plan review of LP-Gas containers and flammable/combustible liquid tanks, as well as overseeing Oregon’s “Exempt Jurisdiction” program. Glenn’s 41 year career in the fire service began with Oregon Department of Forestry in 1977. He then spent 27 years with a Portland Fire and Rescue where he worked first on the line and then later as the city-wide Fire Alarm Specialist before taking on the role of Fire Sprinkler Specialist for burgeoning west side of town. Glenn maintains several ICC and NFPA certifications and has attended the National Fire Academy twice. Glenn has two grown sons. Away from work Glenn and his wife Lynda enjoy the occasional sojourn to Europe and RVing with their Golden Retrievers.
Jim Crawford has served as the project manager for Vision 20/20 since 2007. He is a member of and former chair of the NFPA technical committee on professional qualifications for fire marshals. He is the author of Fire Prevention Organization and Management published by Brady and writes a regular column on community risk reduction for Fire and Rescue Magazine. Jim retired from the active fire service after 35 years, ending his career as the Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal of Vancouver, WA. He is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, past President of the International Fire Marshal’s Association, and a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Meri-K Appy is a leader in fire and life safety education with a proven track record in creating and implementing effective injury prevention initiatives. Appy specializes in simplifying safety messages, concepts and strategies for greatest impact, especially for audiences at highest risk.
Appy served as Vice President for Public Education at NFPA from 1989 – 2003, as President of the Home Safety Council from 2003- 2010, and as President of Safe Kids USA until December, 2011. Now head of her own consulting company, she is a member of the Vision 20/20 Executive Committee and facilitates the Strategy 2 task group, working with the team that created the new Fire Safety Materials Generator. Appy is also Project Manager for Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol, an exciting new school-based program from the National Center for Fatality Review & Prevention (NCFRP). Funded by Fire Prevention and Safety Grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Sound Off delivers smoke alarm education and installation to high-risk Grade 2 students and their families with, with documented success. Oregon is one of 10 states implementing the Sound Off program through an FY17 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.
Appy serves on the IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section Board and on the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy Advisory Committee.
Russ is the Executive Chairman of Telgian Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout, and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist. He is a licensed contractor with 38 years of experience in the design, installation, and testing of fire protection systems. Russ is a member of the board of directors and serves as second vice-chair for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) He is currently the chair for the Technical Committee on Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria (NFPA 13) and a member of the Sprinkler System Installation Technical Committee (NFPA 13), the NFPA 25 Technical Committee along with several other technical committees. Russ is a senior instructor for NFPA, AFSA, and Fire Smarts and has authored a number of articles and training materials used throughout the industry.