About the Author
Dale Lyman, CFPS, CBO, CFM, is a 31-year fire service veteran who is the Fire Chief of a Northern Colorado fire department, and served as a Fire Marshal for 14 years. He is a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), International Code Council Certified Building Code Official, Certified Fire Marshal, and Certified Fire Code Official. An experienced incident commander, he served on the operations side of the fire department as a company officer, a battalion commander and the Emergency Manager of the City, and was the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Fire Department for 14 years. As the PIO he has written dozens of Op-ed columns for the local newspaper on fire safety topics and has published two articles in national fire service trade journals. He is currently a member of two national fire and life safety code committees responsible for writing and revising future editions of the two codes that most directly impact health care facilities in the U. S.; the NFPA 101 Life safety Code and NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code. He also serves on the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code Technical Committees for Fundamentals and Emergency Management/Security. He was recently selected as a member of the NFPA Building Fire Safety Systems Section Executive Committee. Additionally, he has conducted fire and life safety surveys for a health care accreditation agency at Ambulatory Surgery Centers throughout the U.S. In this role he applied his unique personal firefighting experiences in educating surgery center staffs in code requirements and the reasons behind the requirements, drawing from experiences at actual fires.