NFPA honors others for life safety achievements at Orlando conference

Published on June 2, 2006

June 4, 2006 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented three awards in fire and life safety today at its World Safety Conference & Exposition ®. 

Dean K. Wilson, recipient of NFPA’s Standards Medal: The Standards Medal, the highest award given by the Standards Council, recognizes outstanding contributions to fire safety in the development of codes and standards.

Dean Wilson is currently with Hughes Associates and was previously affiliated with Industrial Risk Insurers for some 29 years. He is being honored for his contributions to the development of NFPA Codes and Standards for more than 28 years, and for an enduring commitment to the NFPA and the cause of fire safety worldwide. Throughout the years, Wilson has been a member of several NFPA technical committees and has served on the National Electrical Code’s Panel 16. He has also provided instruction at NFPA’s Fire Alarm Systems seminars and has written several chapters in the NFPA’s Fire Protection Handbook.

Doug Brabham, Kenneth Hyder of Michelin, Mike Snyder of the Industrial Fire Protection Section, and Rick Smith.
Michelin North America, recipient of the 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.

Michelin North America’s winning Fire Prevention Week program developed this year was implemented throughout their operation’s entire North American geographic zone. The zone’s 24,000 employees participated in a number of fire safety related activities throughout the month of October 2005, with a different fire safety theme covered each week – including a program on “Using Candles with Care” during Fire Prevention Week. The community fire department serving each facility was actively involved in local Fire Prevention Week programs and provided equipment demonstrations and educational programs for employees.

Richard Roby, Kathleen Almand of the NFPA Research Foundation, Brian Lattimer, and Jack Watt, editor of Fire Technology.
Co-authors, Brian Y. Lattimer, Uri Vandsburger, and Richard J. Roby, recipients of the 2006 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 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for best paper from Fire Technology in 2005 was “Species Transport from Post-Flashover Fires.” Awardees are selected by the international editorial board of Fire Technology. Recipients of the 2006 award are the three co-authors of the paper; Brian Y. Lattimer, Hughes Associates, Inc.; Uri Vandsburger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and Richard J. Roby, Combustion Science and Engineering, Inc.

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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