Members in the news

Carl BaldassarraCarl Baldassarra has joined the Northbrook, Illinois, headquarters of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) as Principal and Unit Manager. Baldassarra has worked extensively with WJE on past projects, including the 2006 Metropolitan Highway System Stem-to-Stern Safety Review in Boston, Massachusetts. In his new capacity with WJE, Baldassarra will build and lead WJE’s fire protection practice. Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Baldassarra was the Executive Vice President of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. in Chicago, where he managed the firm’s western region and practice development. His experience also spans more than thirty-five years at Schirmer (Aon) Engineering Corporation in Deerfield, Illinois, where he most recently served as president of the firm and was responsible for opera tions in all regional offices.

Don JohnsonDonald M. Johnson of Walnut Creek, CA, passed away July 14 at 93. Johnson's professional career encompassed 37 years with Standard Oil of California/Chevron Corporation, where he rose to Corporate Chief Fire Protection Engineer, being responsible for their corporate fire protection programs worldwide.  He entered private consulting practice upon retirement.

Johnson’s service to NFPA began in 1964, when he was appointed to the Technical Committees on General Storage of Flammable Liquids (NFPA 30) and Transportation of Flammable Liquids (NFPA 385). Shortly after, he was appointed to the Correlating Committee on Flammable Liquids. He served on the Technical Committee on Transportation of Flammable Liquids until 1985 and on the Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code Committee (NFPA 30) until 1990. He chaired the latter from 1981 until 1990. He also initiated NFPA’s Technical Committee on Automotive and Marine Service Stations (NFPA 30A) in 1981, serving as its Chair until 1988 and actively participating on the project until 1990. Johnson also held life membership in the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Western Fire Chiefs Association.

Richard BiermannNFPA has recently learned of the passing of Richard Gene Biermann, who served on NFPA's Board of Directors from 1991-1997. Biermann passed away on September 6, 2012. From 1962 to 1994 Biermann served on several different panels for the National Electrical Code. An unprecedented achievement was serving as chairman of the NEC for 14 years. Biermann was also inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Electrical Contracting and the first to have "Member Emeritus" in the National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee. He was the first person from the electrical field to be appointed to NFPA's Board of Directors. In 1995 Dick received the Paul C. Lamb Award for his contribution for keeping the public safe. This is the highest form of recognition that is awarded by NFPA.

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