Robert (Bob) Barr, a fire safety pioneer and employee of the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department, passed away suddenly at the age of 77 in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 3. In 1974, Mr. Barr started working for NFPA in Boston, where he was director of the Public Protection Division and a pioneer in fire service training. He was instrumental in developing the National Professional Qualifications System and served as its first executive secretary and also as executive secretary of the Fire Marshall's Association of North America.
After leaving NFPA in 1988, Mr. barr established his own consulting firm, working as an expert witness, developing training programs for the U.S. Air Force, and employing GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to do fire station location studies. At the age of 65 in 2003, he took a job with the Phoenix Fire Department, where he remained active until his passing.
Joseph Armand Burgun
Joseph Armand Burgun, former NFPA Board of Directors Chairman, passed away on November 18, 2015. For 35 years, Mr. Burgun designed and built hospitals and medical facilities all over the world, including the Baghdad Medical City and University. During this time, he served as chairman of the board and president of Rogers, Burgun, Shahine & Deschler, architects, New York City. Armand was the first president and first chairman of the Facility Guidelines Institute. For 30 years, he lobbied and fought to change the regulations from multi-bed patient rooms to single-bed rooms. In 2006, the changes were finally adopted and became the minimum standard throughout the United States and 44 other nations.
Mr. Burgun was a member of NFPA's Board of Directors from 1971-1988, and he was chairman from 1982-1988. He chaired the life safety Sectional Committee on Institutional Occupancies and its successor – the Subcommittee on Health Care Occupancies; and chaired the Committee on Safety to Life (before it became a correlating committee).
His other memberships included the American Institute of Architects, New York Society Architects, New York State Association of Architects, American Hospital Association, International Hospital Federation, American Association of Hospital Planning (president), New York Building Congress, Reserve Officers Association Clubs, Winged Foot Country Club, Union League, and Kiwanis.
Ronald Hall Kirby
Ronald Hall Kirby, passed away on October 1. He was 78 years old. Mr. Kirby had a 45-year career with Simplex Time recorder Company. He was an active member of the National Fire Protection Association, the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, The National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association and an honorary member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He was honored by these organizations many times over the years for his major contributions to the fire protection industry.
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