NFPA announces awards at World Safety Conference and Exposition® in Salt Lake City

Published on May 23, 2004

Salt Lake City, May 23, 2004 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented various Association awards to those demonstrating significant fire and life safety accomplishments.

The 2004 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts: The Bigglestone Award is presented annually to the authors of the most outstanding paper submitted to Fire Technology during the previous calendar year.

The award was presented to a team of eight authors for their paper "Early Warning Fire Detection System Using a Probabilistic Neural Network." The recipients are Susan Rose-Pehrsson, Sean Hart, Daniel Gottuk, Mark Wright and Jennifer Wong, of the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C. and Thomas Street, Frederick Williams, and Mark Hammond of Hughes Associates, Baltimore, Md. Their paper was published in the second quarter 2003 issue of Fire Technology.

Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Contest: The award recognizes businesses that promote fire and related safety messages for employees and their communities in conjunction with local fire departments during Fire Prevention Week from the previous year.

The Industrial Fire Protection Section presented its first place award for the second consecutive year to Tom Whalen, fire protection specialist representing Duke University and Health Systems. In addition to making educational presentations at Duke facilities, elementary schools and fire department open houses, Duke teamed up with the local fire department to conduct fire safety demonstrations to help educate children, adults, firefighters, architects, facility managers, fire inspectors and maintenance workers.

The 2004 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Award: The award is given yearly to a local fire department to support a fire and life safety education community-wide program or campaign.

The award was presented to the Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue in Suffolk, Va. In collaboration with the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue will expand a fire safety education program for children and adults living in Section 8 rental assistance housing and public housing.

NFPA's Standards Medal: The Standards Medal is given for outstanding contributions to fire safety in the development of codes and standards and is the highest award given by the Standards Council

The medal was awarded to Gary Taylor, past chair of the NFPA Standards Council and current member of the NFPA board of directors. Taylor is a partner in Taylor/Wagner Inc., a firm in Innisfil, Ontario, that provides fire protection consulting services, with expertise in special hazards. Taylor has contributed to the development of NFPA codes and standards for 25 years, and in his capacity as chair, he led the Standards Council through several unprecedented challenges, including the creation of the NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®. He has published and lectured widely on special hazards, fire protection, halons and protection of the ozone layer.

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 scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. NFPA headquarters is located in Quincy, MA, USA.