Richard Firebaugh has an extensive background in the construction and life safety industries. He has worked within the University of Nebraska system since 1997, starting with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a construction inspector and construction manager until 2001, when he took on the duties of UNL Building Official. He holds several certifications, including Certified Building Official, Plans Examiner, and Fire Inspector. In 2015 he was designated a Delegated Authority by the Nebraska State Fire Marshal for UNL. In 2018, he was charged with authority over the entire NU system, with the exception of UNMC; he now works within the University of Nebraska Central Administration organization.