Reall appointed to National Fire Protection Agency Committee
Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Jack Reall has been appointed to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Technical Correlating Committee for Fire Service Protective Clothing and Equipment, Fire Chief Greg Paxton announced today. Chief Reall is the first Columbus firefighter to be appointed to the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee.
The NFPA Technical Correlating Committee for Fire Service Protective Clothing and Equipment oversees the actions of several Technical Committees and hundreds of standards from fire station uniforms to ladder trucks. In 1997, Reall was the first Division member to be appointed to the NFPA Technical Committee on Special Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment which was responsible for writing the national standards for the fire service on station wear, Urban Search and Rescue clothing, as well as water and rope rescue equipment.
Reall, a certified paramedic, joined the Columbus Division of Fire in 1989. He is currently assigned as a relief officer on one unit. His previous assignments include the Engine, Ladder and Rescue Companies that serviced areas throughout the city. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June of 1996, Captain in March of 2004 and Battalion Chief in January of 2011. Prior to joining Columbus Fire, Reall was a member of the Westerville and Lancaster Fire Divisions. Reall is the current President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 67 a position he has held since first being nominated on September 11, 2011.
In addition, Reall has been actively involved in several special projects with the Division. He assisted in the transition to the IFSTA Recruit Training Program and the development and implementation of the Rescue Technician Program with the Division’s Training Bureau. He served as the Bureau’s Rescue Training Officer and was instrumental with the Division’s High Rise Fire Training Program at Taylor Terrace. He is also responsible for the implementation of the accountability system currently used by the Division.
Reall serves as a certified Rescue and Haz-Mat Technician with the Division. He is actively involved in promoting firefighter safety and a member of various Division and Union committees, including the Division’s Clothing Committee.
In addition, Reall serves as a Rescue Team Manager for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System for Ohio Task Force 1. In this capacity, Reall has participated in numerous events, including the search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 and most recently the rescue efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
In 2003, Secretary Tom Ridge appointed Reall to the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security. He has served on the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors as a White House Appointee through the terms of Presidents Bush and Obama. Reall also travels internationally teaching Structural Collapse Evaluation and Rescue.
In 2001, Reall was awarded two Distinguished Service Awards for his outstanding efforts with the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System for Ohio Task Force 1 following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and his work on the Division’s Rescue Technician Program. He is also the recipient of three Battalion Chief Commendation Awards. In 2001, he was recognized for his assistance in the Division’s High Rise Rescue Training Program at Taylor Terrace. In 1993, he received the award for his efforts on Recruit Training Academy standards and in 1991 he was recognized for the heroic rescue of civilians from a fire on Hunter Street.
Reall is part of a public service family tradition. His great grandfather, Jesse Reall, was a Columbus Patrol Officer who died in the line of duty on February 26, 1920.
Reall is a graduate of Columbus Whetstone High School and Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Urbana University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Chemistry.
He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Sunbury and have a son, Bryce, age 23.