A 48-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national and international instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer, he is a distinguished authority on building sciences and architectural construction issues affecting the fireground operations, command and tactics and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally delivering training programs on building performance, construction and firefighting, fireground leadership, command management and operational safety. He has been lecturing and instructing throughout the United States and internationally for over thirty-seven years. His previously service included Fire Command, Fire Protection & Safety at a US nuclear power plant, over twenty years in field operations & suppression as a commanding company officer in New York and Training, Fire Academy and College academic curricula administration and management.
He is the Chief of Training for the Command Institute and served as a Vice President with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a past member of the Board of Directors, IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. He was a 27 year Contributing Editor with Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com where he authored the Buildings on Fire column and Buildingsonfire series, he served as an adjunct Instructor with the National Fire Academy and was a National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Everyone Goes Home Firefighter Safety Advocate. A former architect and fire protection engineer he was the 1987 ISFSI George D. Post National Fire Instructor of the Year and is a Technical Consultant, Advisor and Subject Matter Expert to the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program and Firefighter LODD Reports.
He serves on the Faculty of the, IAFC Officer Development Program ODP-COLS, Kean University (NJ) New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Training Programs and Massachusetts Fire Academy’s Dept. of Fire Services Sr. Fire Officer Forum as a frequent visiting lecturer. He has been lecturing nationally for over 37 years, including lecturing at the National Fire Academy, FDIC since 1986, Firehouse Expo since 1988 and Firehouse World and IAFC Fire-Rescue International. Additionally, he has over twenty years of direct experience in Behavioral Based Safety Program management, Human Performance (HU), Operating Experience and Corrective Action Program implementation, trending and monitoring from within the High Risk-High Consequence Nuclear Generating industry. He is a Board member of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association-NFAAA. He is a member of the NAPSG i-Axis Working Group as a SME on Building Construction Sciences, Design and Configuration aligning with Fire and Emergency Services, pre-incident response planning, building intell and critical building information data exchange including fire service operation tactical deployment and command utilizing LBS technology and consults with numerous global organizations on integrating SMART Technologies, Incident Command and Firefighting Operations.
Chief Naum is well-known across the North American fire service as a leading authority on building construction and evolving risks as well as strategies and tactics in the built environment and today’s demanding fireground. He has been a contributing author, presenter, and podcast host on numerous fire service websites, publications, and conferences in the United States and Internationally. He is highly recognized for his innovative training lecture series, integrating Building Construction Sciences and Fireground Operations taking the classroom onto urban city streets to fully examine and study the built environment with Building Reads and their direct relationship in fireground command, risks, tactics and safety. He has been a NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program technical expert contributing in-depth insights on building performance, structural compromise and collapse and operational recommendations to numerous line- of-duty death reports over the last fourteen years. His supporting report graphics and illustrations have added tremendous value to the report findings and recommendations supporting his comprehensive insights and analysis.