Author(s): Jesse Roman. Published on July 1, 2015.

In Brief

Conference awards announced

In addition to the DiNenno Prize, several other awards were presented at the NFPA Conference & Expo in June in Chicago.

» Kenneth W. Linder was awarded the Standards Medal for his contributions to fire safety and NFPA codes and standards development. Linder, a fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, has served on numerous NFPA technical committees for more than 30 years, chairing several, including his current role as chair of the Correlating Committee on Automatic Sprinkler Systems.

» Ethan I. D. Foote and Samuel L. Manzello won the Harry C. Bigglestone Award, given to the paper published in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire protection concepts. Foote and Manzello won for their paper “Characterizing Firebrand Exposure from Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) Fires: Results from the 2007 Angora Fire.

» A project titled “Development of Standardized Cooking Fires for Evaluation of Prevention Technologies Data Analysis” earned the 2015 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal. The project, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and led by a multi-industry team, sought to create test methods and performance criteria for cooking technologies to inform potential new standards. The medal recognizes a project completed in 2014 that best expressed the Foundation’s safety mission, and demonstrated a collaborative approach to overcoming technical challenges.

» The McKee Foods Corporation was awarded the Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award for its FPW program, which it promoted for its nearly 6,000 employees.

» The International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) Percy Bugbee Award was presented to James Crawford, who has been a leader with the U.S Fire Administration and IFMA at the national level, including a term as president. The award, given for vision and leadership within the fire prevention community, is named for Percy Bugbee, who dedicated more than 40 years supporting IFMA.

NFPA, FM Global release code index

NFPA and insurer FM Global have published the first comprehensive index of the world’s building codes.

The 2015 FM Global Country Building Codes Index, a free online PDF document, is designed to help companies quickly and easily find the most up-to-date country building codes and gain a broader understanding of construction and fire risk in locations around the world. The index was published in June and will be updated annually.

“Building codes vary dramatically around the world,” said Donald Bliss, vice president of field operations for NFPA. “The FM index makes it easy to examine the building codes in countries throughout the world to support far-reaching business decisions.”

View the index online here.

Christie vetoes NJ sprinkler bill

Citing residents’ struggles to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill in May that would have resulted in the mandatory installation of sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes in the state. It was the second time in as many legislative sessions that Christie has vetoed sprinkler legislation.

Christie said he may consider future legislation that would require sprinklers in townhomes.

New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who sponsored the latest bill, told NJ.com that Christie’s decision “is a step backwards for fire safety” and “a slap in the face to a community of public safety officials that has endorsed . . . and fought for this legislation.”

NFPA President Jim Pauley had sent Christie a letter urging the governor to sign the bill, and the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition amassed close to 2,000 signatures via an online petition supporting the legislation.

JESSE ROMAN is staff writer for NFPA Journal.