Special Achievements (1) and Committee Service (13) honored by NFPA

2014 NFPA Conference &
Awards presented at NFPA Conference & Expo

June 12, 2014 – Every year the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards will be presented to 14 individuals at the NFPA Conference & Expo taking place this week in Las Vegas.

2014 Recipient for Special Achievement Award

Gayle Pennel
Aon Fire Protection Engineering
Lincolnshire, IL

Technical Committees on:

  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (2000 – present)
  • Fire Pumps (1998 – present; Chair since 2008)
  • Halogenated Fire Extinguishing Systems (1979 – 1981)

2014 Recipients for Committee Service Awards

Samuel C. Cramer
Aluminum Ladder Company
Florence, SC

Technical Committee on:

  • Fire Department Ground Ladders (1973 – present)

Tom Christman
Caryville, TN

Combustible Dusts Technical Committees on:

  • Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts (2011 – present)
  • Combustible Metals and Metal Dusts (1994 – present; Chair 2003 – 2011)

Ronald R. Farr
UL LLC
Otsego, MI

Technical Committees on:

  • Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment (2010 – present; Chair 2010 – 2011)
  • Fire Code Committee (1998 – present; Chair 2004 – 2011)
  • Professional Qualifications Technical Committee on:
  • Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner Professional Qualifications (2000 – present)
  • Board of Directors Committee on Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund (2012 – present)

Dwight H. Havens
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Malta, NY

Technical Correlating Committee on:

  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2003 – present)

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Fundamentals (1997 – present)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (1997 – present)
  • Tank Storage and Piping Systems (1997 – present)
  • Operations (1993 – present; Chair since 2003)

Clifford C. Roberts
American International Group. Inc. (AIG)
Lithia, FL

Technical Committees on:

  • Internal Combustion Engines (2000 – present; Chair since 2004)
  • lectric Generating Plants (2000 – 2014)

Jack Woycheese
Hughes Associates, Inc.
Walnut Creek, CA

Technical Correlating Committee on:

  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (1991 – present; Chair since 2003)
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:
  • Tank Storage and Piping Systems (1996 – present)
  • Fundamentals (1994 – present)
  • Operations (1991 – present; Chair 1993 – 2003)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (1991 – present)

Technical Committee on:

  • Foam (1994 – 2000)

Lewis R. Austin, III
City of Grandview Fire Department
Grandview, MO

Technical Committee on:

  • Fire Department Rescue Tools (1993 – 2013; Chair 2003 – 2013)

John A. Welling, III
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Princeton, NJ 

Technical Committees on:

  • Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices (2013 – present)
  • Mass Evacuation and Sheltering (2013 – present)
  • Pre-Incident Planning (1995 – present; Chair since 2002)
  • Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems (1990 – 1992)

Thomas J. Forsythe
Hughes Associates, Inc.
San Ramon, CA

Technical Committees on:

  • Automotive and Marine Service Stations (2000 – present)
  • Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (1998 – present)
  • Garages and Parking Structures (1995 – present; Chair since 2004)
  • Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems (1995 – 2001)

John A. Rickard
P3 Consulting
Austin, TX

Technical Correlating Committee on:

  • Building Construction and Safety Code® (2002 – 2012)
  • Building Construction and Safety Code® Technical Committees on:
  • Health Care Occupancies (2010 – present)
  • Board and Care Facilities (2009 – present)
  • Building Systems (2000 – present; Chair 2002 – 2012)
  • Building Materials (2000 – 2002)
  • Life Safety Code® Technical Committees on:
  • Health Care Occupancies (2010 – present)
  • Board and Care Facilities (2009 – present)
  • Standards Council 2012 – present

Peter J. Willse (Special Achievement 2010)
XL Global Asset Protection Services
Hartford, CT 

Technical Correlating Committees on:

  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2006 – present)
  • Building Construction and Safety Code® (2000 – present)
  • Boiler Combustion System Hazards (1988 – present)

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Operations (2006 – present)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (2006 – present)
  • Tank Storage and Piping Systems (2006 – present)

Building Construction and Safety Code® Technical Committees on:

  • Building Systems (2011 – present)
  • Structures, Construction, and Materials (2000 as Chair – present; restructured in 2006
    and remained Chair)
  • Building Construction (1988 – present; Chair 1997 – 2006)

Boiler Combustion System Hazards Technical Committee on:

  • Single Burner Boilers (1989 – present; Chair 1995 – 1997)
  • Fluidized Bed Boilers (1991 – 2005)

Technical Committees on:

  • Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings (2013 – present)
  • Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2011 – present)
  • Gas Process Safety (2011 – present)
  • Fluid Heaters (2010 – present)
  • Aerosol Products (1989 – 1996; and 2005 – present)
  • Smoke Management Systems (1994 – present)
  • Ovens and Furnaces (1999 – present; several Task Groups before 1999)
  • Fire Tests (1990 – 2005)
  • Fire Code (1989 – present)
  • Liquid Fuel Burning Equipment (1989 2005; Chair 1992 – 2003)
  • Standards Council 2002 – 2008

Board of Directors (2012 – present) and Board Committees on:

  • Nominations/Governance (2013 – present)
  • Meetings Program (2012 – present)
  • Membership (2012 – present)
  • Special Achievement Award 2010

Robert M. Gagnon
Gagnon Engineering
Woodbine, MD

Technical Correlating Committees on:

  • Health Care Facilities (2007 – present)
  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems (2003 – 2012)

Automatic Sprinkler Systems Technical Committees on:

  • Private Water Supply Piping Systems (1994 – present)
  • Foam-Water Sprinklers (1994 – present; Chair 2003 – 2012)

Technical Committees on:

  • Water-Cooling Towers (1994 – present)
  • Water Tanks (1994 – present; Chair since 2009)
  • Water Spray Fixed Systems (1993 – present)

John C. deRuyter
The DuPont Company, Inc.
Wilmington, DE

Technical Correlating Committee on:

  • Boiler Combustion System Hazards (1994 – present)

Boiler Combustion System Hazards Technical Committees on:

  • Multiple Burner Boilers (1990 – present)
  • Pulverized Fuel Systems (1987 – present)
  • Stoker Operations (1996 – present; Chair since 2002)

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