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NASFM Board Announces Association’s New Executive Director

Butch Browning, current Louisiana State Fire Marshal and NASFM Secretary/Treasurer, will assume his new role July 1, replacing Jim Narva.

May 5, 2022 - The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) is pleased to announce they have voted unanimously to name Butch Browning as the next Executive Director of NASFM. Browning, long time NASFM member and Board Officer will officially assume his new role July 1st. Jim Narva, who is retiring after serving as Executive Director for the last 15 years will remain with NASFM through the 32nd Annual Fire Prevention and Safety Symposium in August.

The National Association of State Fire Marshals membership comprises the most senior fire officials in the United States with the mission to protect human life, property and the environment from fire and related hazards. “We couldn’t be more excited in our selection of Marshal Browning” said NASFM President Julius Halas, “Butch is a talented and dynamic leader who will ensure NASFM continues our leadership role as a national fire service organization. I’d also like to thank Jim Narva for his years of dedicated and exemplary service to NASFM, through his leadership we have become an important and influential voice for the nation’s fire service and citizens.”

Browning has served as the Louisiana State Fire Marshal since 2008 and served on the NASFM Board for the last 12 years. “I’m grateful to the Board for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve as Executive Director” said Browning, “NASFM is a great organization and I’ve been honored to serve the Association and its members for many years. I look forward to continuing to lead NASFM as we continue to fulfil our role as the preeminent fire service organization in fire prevention and safety.”

Browning will come on board with NASFM in late May and work alongside Narva during a transition period until assuming the role as executive Director on July 1st. Narva will remain with NASFM for the next three months to ensure a smooth and successful transition. “It’s been a great ride” said Narva, “I’m proud of the many accomplishments NASFM has made and so appreciative of the great friends I’ve made along the way, you all have made this journey much more meaningful for me.”

Please join us in congratulating both Butch and Jim as we move forward into the next exciting chapter of fulfilling NASFM's mission!

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