June 8, 2009
— The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Board of Directors selected Eduardo E. Abe and José Francisco López to receive the prestigious 2008 Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award, presented at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago, Ill., recognizes specific outstanding accomplishments of individuals rendering service to NFPA and to the cause of fire safety.
Eduardo E. Abe, known as Don Eduardo, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, began his career in public service over 60 years ago when he entered into military service in the Marine War Unit. During his time as a naval and mechanical engineering student working on projects based on NFPA codes, Eduardo decided to dedicate his career to fire protection. Eduardo was a pioneer in one of the first NFPA Member Sections and in 1997 became Vice Chair of the Latin American Section Board of Directors. Eduardo also helped charter the first Chapter of NFPA outside of the United States in 2004 and served as Chair of the NFPA Argentina Chapter for two years. He founded CALCIC (Argentinean Center for Fire Fighting), was president of the Argentinean Chamber of Safety (CAS), and served on several IRAM (national standards developer) committees. Eduardo is a pioneer in advocacy for fire prevention and safety and is dedicated to increasing awareness of NFPA, its mission, and its technical expertise.
José Francisco López, of Argentina, has been involved in fire safety code development since the 1960s. Lopez was on the IRAM board of directors and currently serves as general director. López also served as president of the Pan-American Standards Commission (COPANT), where he worked with NFPA to foster the use of NFPA standards in Latin America. Eventually the partnerships he formed led to the translation of more than 15 NFPA codes into Spanish and the adoption of joint IRAM-NFPA codes, including IRAM-NFPA 1600 and IRAM-NFPA 101. López has worked to influence not only code and standard adoption, but also membership support and community education of fire safety. López’s effort as general director at IRAM have helped train more than 2,000 teachers and over 8,000 children in Argentina in fire safety, and has expanded awareness into other Latin American countries.
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 consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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