More about Rob Neale
Rob currently serves as the International Code Council Vice President for Government Relations: National Fire Service Activities. He is responsible for strategic guidance to help local fire organizations adopt and enforce the most recent version of the model codes based on technical merit and build relationships among code enforcement entities.
In 2015, Rob retired as Deputy Superintendent for the USFA National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. He led the development of curriculum aimed at improving the professionalism of America’s fire service. In 2012, he received the FEMA Administrator’s Award for Innovation in training for his development of the popular Coffee Break Training series. In 2004, he was awarded the International Society for Performance Improvement award for the National Fire Academy class “Evaluating Performance-Based Designs”.
He has more than 30 years of experience in Washington state municipal fire protection as a fire chief, fire marshal and fire fighter. He served as charter member of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee No. 1037 for "Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal," and represents the International Code Council on the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council.
Rob graduated from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security master’s degree program at the Naval Postgraduate School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Western Washington University.
Rob has been published regularly in national fire protection trade journals, and for many years has been content developer and platform instructor on codes, standards and fire protection systems to national, regional and local audiences.