June 4, 2006
– The International Fire Marshals Association
(IFMA) Percy Bugbee Award was presented to Ronald R. Farr at the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) World Safety Conference & Exposition® in Orlando this week. The award, only the seventh given since its inception in 1969, was presented by IFMA President Scott Adams at the conference’s kick-off event.
The Percy Bugbee Award was established in 1969 to honor a member of the International Fire Marshals Association whose notable, significant, and enduring contributions to the public safety are in keeping with the IFMA’s highest traditions. Bugbee served as NFPA president from 1939 through 1969 and Fire Marshals Association of North America (now known as IFMA) executive secretary from 1933 to 1942.
Farr began his career in the fire service as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1967. He went on to join the fire service, where he has served as Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Chief and is currently serving as the Fire Chief, Kalamazoo Township in Michigan. Farr also served as deputy director of the Olympic Fire Marshals Task Group during the 2002 Winter Olympics, in the Park City, Utah area.
Farr is a member of several NFPA Committees and in 2000 was a recipient of the NFPA President’s Award. He has served as President of the Michigan Fire Inspector Society and is currently Secretary/Treasurer. He is chair of the Michigan State Fire Safety Board, which is a governor’s appointment. He was elected to the International Fire Marshals Association Executive Board from 1997 to 2003 and served as President from 2001 to 2002.
The mission of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) is to aid in the preservation of life and property by advocating, promoting and providing leadership in the prevention or mitigation of fire, explosions and other related hazardous conditions. Established in 1906, as the Fire Marshals Association of North America, IFMA currently has more than 1,800 members worldwide.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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