Fire Smarts Faculty

Russ Leavitt, SET, CFPS
Russ LeavittRuss Leavitt is the Executive Chairman of Telgian Corporation. With over 29 years of experience he holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation. He serves on the NFPA 13 correlating committee, NFPA 25 technical committee and NFPA 5000 (building code) correlating committee. Russ conducts seminars internationally on a variety of fire and life safety related subjects and has authored a number of articles and training materials including the AFSA study guide for NICET certification in Inspections and Testing.

Steve Leyton
Steve LeytonSteve Leyton is President of Protection Design & Consulting in San Diego, CA. With over 20 years of experience, he is a member of the NFPA 14, NFPA 13D/13R and NFPA 5000 Technical Committees. He served as Chair of the installation committee for the California State Fire Marshal’s Residential Sprinkler Code Adoption Task Group and Co-Chair of the ICC Ad-Hoc Committee on Residential Fire Sprinklers. His professional affiliations include membership in NFPA, International Code Council (ICC), American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), California Fire Prevention Officers Northern and Southern Sections, and the San Diego Fire Protection Association.

Terri Simmons Leyton
Terri LeytonTerri Simmons Leyton is President of Terri Leyton Consulting, Inc. and serves as a Vendor Liaison for the California Fire Prevention Institute. With over 20 years experience she is a long-time advocate of fire sprinklers and has been an active influence in the code development and legislative activities of the industry. Terri serves as Chair of the Southern Fire Service Education Committee for the California Fire Chiefs Association and is an active member of NFPA, American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and the San Diego Fire Protection Association.

Bob G. Caputo, CFPS, CET
Bob G. CaputoBob Caputo has more than 25 years experience in the fire protection community including all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. A former fire fighter trained in fire suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego, Bob has been an instructor since 1989, teaching seminars for both American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and NFPA. He holds fire sprinkler contracting licenses in multiple states, serves on the NFPA 13 Installation and NFPA 25 Committees, and is the author of AFSA’s Project Management Tools program. He was named FPC Magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1997 and was named San Diego County Fire Prevention Officer of the Year in 1994.

Steven Scandaliato, SET, CFPS
Steven ScandaliatoSteven Scandaliato is Principal at SDG, LLC, a fire protection design and consulting company. With over 30 years of fire protection engineering, design and project management experience he holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation, and serves as a member of the NFPA 13, 101 and 5000 committees. Steven is a nationally recognized seminar instructor having presented for the American Fire Sprinkler Association, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, American Institute of Architects, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, International Code Council, and the International Fire Marshals Association.

Ralph K. Foster, P.E.
Ralph FosterRalph Foster is Principal of Foster Engineering and Consulting and is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in multiple states. He earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is an NPFA Certified Fire Inspector I and Certified Fire Plans Examiner. He worked for the SC State Fire Marshal’s Office for over 18 years where he served as a Staff Engineer, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, Manager of Engineering Services, and taught both state and national certification courses. He is a member of SFPE, NFPA, ICC, and AFSA.

Michael Cox
Michael CoxMichael Cox serves as sales and marketing manager for 13dPEX.com, a design and distribution company in Bellingham Washington, dedicated to NFPA 13d sprinkler systems. This firm supplies design, tools, pumps, and installation materials to plumbers and others who are contracting to install 13d systems. Specializing in multipurpose or flow through design using PEX tubing as a primary material. He has worked in life-safety and fire prevention for more than two decades, holds a Washington State certificate for sprinkler design, and has worked with AHJs and Fire Chiefs throughout the state.

Bill M. Ramsey
Bill Ramsey has over 35 years of experience in designing and installing fire protection systems. Starting in the early 1970’s Bill opened his fire protection contracting company, which he operated until 1988, when he joined Central Sprinkler Corporation as their National Sales Manager. In this role Bill lead the CAD development for the fire protection industry and provided essential training for the use of this technology. Since 1999 Bill has been nationally recognized as a leading fire code consultant in residential design and installation.

Manufacturer Participation

Jayson Drake – Uponor
Jayson DrakeJayson Drake is Senior Product Manager for Uponor’s North American fire safety business. Uponor (formerly Wirsbo) is a leading manufacturer of PEX-based multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems. Jayson is actively involved in educational and training efforts to support installing contractors. Previously Jayson worked in the semiconductor, robotics and cryogenics industries, leading the global development of new products in more than 40 countries. Jayson has an engineering degree from Iowa State University and a MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Gary L. Johnson – Lubrizol
Gary L. JohnsonGary L. Johnson is Global Business Development Manager for Lubrizol Advanced Materials Fire Sprinklers, a division of Lubrizol’s FBC Building Solutions, a provider of polymer technologies that include FlowGuard Gold, BlazeMaster and Corzan pipe and fittings. Gary has over 30 years experience in the fire sprinkler industry serving as past Chairman of the Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI), on the Board of Directors for IFSA, on residential committee’s for NFSA and AFSA, and as a member of the NFPA 13D/13R technical committee.

David Desjardins, P.E. – Viega
David DesjardinsDavid Desjardins is a licensed Professional Engineer and Design Services Manager for Viega, a manufacturer of PEX-based multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems. With over 10 years experience in the industry, David is an experienced product trainer and has been directly involved in the performance and management of plumbing-based systems design. He earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University and his MBA graduate degree from Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University. David has completed the NFPA Automatic Sprinkler training program and is a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME).