NFPA’s Hall named SFPE’s Fire Protection Person of the Year

Published on October 23, 2007
Almand honored with Lund Award

October 23, 2007  Dr. John R. Hall, Jr. of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been named 2007 Fire Protection Person of the Year by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Kathleen Almand of NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation was honored with SFPE’s D. Peter Lund Award. Awards were presented at SPFE’s 2007 Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas,October 14–19.

Created by SFPE in 1973, the Fire Protection Person of the Year award was established to honor individuals from outside of its membership for outstanding contributions to fire protection. The award recognizes significant achievements in the protection of humanity and the environment from the devastation of unwanted fire.

Hall, assistant vice-president of research and analysis, leads NFPA’s division responsible for the measurement of the national fire problem and the communication of the results as a statistical basis for fire protection strategies. He was formerly an operations research analyst with the U.S. Fire Administration and with the National Bureau of Standards Center for Fire Research, after serving as a senior research associate with the Urban Institute. He has been active in fire analysis and fire research for three decades.

Kathleen Almand, executive director of NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation was honored with SFPE’s D. Peter Lund Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of the professional recognition of the fire protection engineer.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates consortium-funded 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.

Prior to joining NFPA in 2004, Almand was the executive director of SFPE. She has also held research and management positions with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences.

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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