The selection process for a new Executive Director has ended and Tim Bradley will replace Paul Miller as the Executive Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. All of you who know Bradley realize that he is well qualified for this position, and we are fortunate to have a leader of his ability selected to run this organization.
Bradley has been in the fire service for 37 years. He began his career serving on the Mebane Fire Department, holding the position of Chief for seven years. In 1985, he became Executive Director of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, which handles various fire and rescue related programs, including all levels of professional certification and qualification. In 1994, he was promoted to Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance in charge of the newly formed Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). He serves North Carolina as State Fire/Rescue Training Director.
Bradley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. He has earned his CFO from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a Fellow with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
He chaired the National Fire Protection Associations Professional Qualification Committee for Fire Instructor for 15 years and served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress for 14 year, has served as a Board member for 20 years, and was a Charter member of the Board. He is currently serving on the Board of the International Accreditation Service in the ICC, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the NC Jaycee Burn Center. For the past four years he has served as a Board Member for the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Involved in numerous programs at the national and international level, he has spoken at conferences in South Africa, France, England, and several Canadian Provinces. In 2007 at the request of the National Volunteer Fire Council, he testified before Congress concerning interoperability in emergency radio communications.
He was awarded North Carolina’s Firefighter of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2007 he was awarded Firehouse Magazines Heroism Award for the rescue of a five-year-old boy from a house fire. He has received his department’s award for valor, and firefighter of the year award twice. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the NC Association of Building Inspectors, and in 2007 he was awarded the State Employee Award of Excellence, the highest award given to State Employees. In 2007 he was recognized by the Institute of Fire Engineers as a Fellow, and carries the designation FIFirE. He writes articles for several quarterly publications and has had articles published in several fire service and fire engineering magazines.
Bradley currently manages the NC Office of State Fire Marshal which has a staff of 112 people. Their responsibilities include: conduct building plan review; provide code consultation; handles the qualification of code enforcement officials statewide; administers the State Building and Fire Codes; administers the State Manufactured Housing regulations; develops code training courses; staffs the State Building Code Council; conducts fire and rescue training; provide support for the state fire and rescue certification programs; administer the fire and rescue grant and relief funds; and provides guidance statewide in the development of public fire education and injury prevention programs.
In addition to his employment and fire service related activities, as well as his career as a volunteer firefighter spanning 37 years, Tim serves as an elected member of the Mebane City Council, serves as a Deacon in his Church, and teaches Sunday School and bible studies. His hobbies include woodworking, writing poetry, hunting and golf. He resides with his wife Vickie and four daughters in Mebane.