NFPA recognizes individuals for accomplishments in fire and life safety

Published on June 9, 2011

June 12, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented three awards to recognize achievements in fire and life safety today at the 2011 NFPA Conference & Expo.

2011 Standards Medal winner
Wayne Holmes accepted the Standard Medal from NFPA Chair Thomas Jaeger and Jim Pauley, Chair of the NFPA Standards Council.

The recipient of this year’s Standards Medal is Wayne D. Holmes, P.E., a retired vice president of HSB Professional Loss Control since 2007, who now provides independent consulting services in fire protection and code compliance. This award is given out in recognition of outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of codes and standards. It is the highest award given by the Standards Council.

Holmes, of Burlington, North Carolina, was honored with this award for his longtime commitment and contribution to NFPA technical committees. He serves on the Life Safety Code/Building Code Technical Committees on Fire Protection Features; Mercantile and Business Occupancies; and Industrial, Storage, and Miscellaneous Occupancies, on which he served as chair from 2000 – 2009. He was chair from 2000 – 2008 of the Fire Protection for Nuclear Facilities Technical Committee, which he has served on since 1980, and he also serves on the Technical Committees on Fire Doors and Windows; and Fire Tests. Holmes was a member of the Building Code Technical Correlating Committee, and continues to serve on the Life Safety Code Technical Correlating Committee.


The winner of the 2010 Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award is Duke University/Duke

2011 FPW Award winner
Tom Fangmann (left), Corporate Director Insurance/Risk Management, for the Sara Lee Corporation, presents the FPW Award to Fred Knipper, Director of the Fire and Safety Division and Jason Shepherd, Fire Safety Specialist, both with the Office of Occupational and Environmental Safety. At right is NFPA Chair Thomas Jaeger.

Health System, Fire & Safety Division. This award was created to recognize businesses that promote fire and related safety messages for employees and their communities during Fire Prevention Week of the previous calendar year.

Duke University/Duke Health System, Fire & Safety Division, in Durham, N.C., was named the winner of the 2010 Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Program of the Year for carrying out the best program to coincide with NFPA’s 2010 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with.” The division reached out to students in a number of ways, including radio station broadcasts and Facebook messages to spread fire safety information. Each student received safety literature, and participated in campus-wide fire drills and testing of battery-operated dormitory smoke alarms. Beyond campus, they received support from NASCAR promoting Fire Prevention Week, partnered with the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal to provide and install over 300 smoke alarms to needy households, and assisted the volunteers of Meals on Wheels in order to identify recipients whose nonfunctional alarms needed replacing. They partnered with four local fire departments to visit schools, including one visit in which Sparky the Fire Dog® arrived in the Duke Life Flight helicopter.


The winning project of the 2011 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal was Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems (PDF, 2 MB).  The award will be accepted on behalf of the project team by Project Contractor Steven Wolin, P.E., principal, Code Consultants, Inc.

2011 Foundation Medal winner
On behalf of his project team, Steven Wolin accepts the Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal from NFPA Chair Thomas Jaeger and the Foundation's Kathleen Almand.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal recognizes a Foundation project completed in 2010 that best exemplifies the Foundation’s fire safety mission and the collaborative approach to execution that is the hallmark of all Foundation projects. The winner is recommended to the chair of the Foundation’s Board by an awards committee made up of members of the Board, Research Advisory Committee, and NFPA technical staff members.

About the Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 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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