Mr. Bizal is Director of Regional Operations at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In this capacity, he oversees the North American Regional Directors, who provide outreach and advocacy to NFPA stakeholders regarding the many activities undertaken by the association. This includes supporting the adoption and enforcement of NFPA codes and standards, identifying tools and solutions for fire, electrical and related hazards, public education outreach, and advocating for fire safety at the local and state legislative levels. He currently serves as Past President of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), a Board member at-large for the Cascade (Portland) Chapter of SFPE, a member of the Oregon Life Safety Team, and a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Fire Code Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining NFPA in 2000, Ray spent 12 years with the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and International Fire Code Institute (IFCI), where he served in several positions, including Uniform Fire Code Coordinator and Manager of Code Development. As manager of code development, he was responsible for the development of the Uniform Codes and related documents, as well as ICBO’s participation in the technical development of the International Code Council’s (ICC) inaugural International Codes and related documents. He also served as staff liaison for the drafting and development of the Wildland Urban Interface Code in the late 1990’s, which was produced through the California State Fire Marshal’s office from a FEMA grant.
With over 30 years in the fire protection profession, Ray also worked at the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company Fire Department as a fire protection specialist, and Factory Mutual Engineering Association as a loss prevention consultant. He is the 2006 recipient of the Western Fire Chiefs Association’s Robert W. Gain Award and the 2014 recipient of the California Fire Chiefs, Northern California Fire Prevention Officer’s Charles H. Gray Memorial Award. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he is a registered Fire Protection Engineer in California.