CFPS, Manager, Western Region Office / Quality Co-Chair
Rich has been with RPA since 1984. His extensive background in the fire service began in 1971 with ten years of service as a Municipal Fire Marshal. Since 1984, Rich has assisted hundreds of hospitals, nursing homes and surgery centers in completing or developing fire procedures, The Joint Commission Statement of Conditions surveys, and emergency evacuation protocols for such complex areas as operating rooms, special care units with life-support equipment and ancillary departments. He has managed large-scale projects ranging from a six million square foot healthcare system in the Midwest to a project for the Veterans Administration that included the design of an Emergency Management Plan for a forty-two building healthcare system in California. To complement his programs, Rich also has a degree in photography, enabling him to incorporate realistic and visual scenarios into his training programs.
A former firefighter with eighteen years of experience, Rich is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and has authored articles for the Health Care Section of the NFPA and has presented at their annual meetings, as well as Health Care Association seminars. He is an Alternate on NFPA 101® Technical Committee on Healthcare Occupancies. In addition to consulting, Rich is the Sacramento, CA office Manager for RPA and oversees quality management within the company.
In his spare time Rich enjoys riding and caring for his horses as well as spending time with his family.
RPA, a JENSEN HUGHES company, is a team of fire, code compliance and emergency management experts, providing specialized technology and professional services to healthcare facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1976, we have provided unparalleled service to thousands of healthcare facilities (more than 1,300 current clients) and train more than 200,000 healthcare leaders and staff on an annual basis.