The Fire Protection Research Foundation names William M Carey Award winners

Published on March 7, 2008
Awards to be presented at Foundation’s conference on suppression and detection

March 7, 2008 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), today announced the winners of the William M. Carey Award. The winning paper in the suppression category is Investigation of Hold Time Calculation Methodologies for Total Flood Clean Extinguishing Agents (PDF, 779 KB), authored by Todd Hetrick and Paul Rivers of 3M Fire Protection. The winning paper in the detection category is An Analysis of the Performance of Residential Smoke Detection Technologies Utilizing the Concept of Relative Time (PDF, 138 KB), authored by Elizabeth Milarcik, Stephen Olenick, and Richard Roby of Combustion Science and Engineering, Inc.

Awards will be presented at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 2008 conference on Suppression and Detection Research and Applications (SUPDET) being held March 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.

The award was established in 2001 to recognize the most outstanding presentation at the suppression and detection conference. Winners for best presentation at the previous year’s conference are chosen based on a vote by participants and awards are given the following year.  It is named after William Carey, P.E., senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Carey made many major contributions to new fire suppression technologies and served on various technical advisory committees on the Foundation.

The SUPDET conference brings research into practice and emphasizes real-world applications of new documentation in designs, approvals, and codes. It provides an opportunity for fire detection and suppression professionals to share new information, innovations, and plans regarding upcoming research.

The 2008 SUPDET program includes the presentation of more than 36 papers on compelling topics including fire detection, predicting detector response in practical applications, and the latest updates on halon alternatives and their appliances. The program also includes a workshop on video imaging detection systems.

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