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Special Achievement (3) and Committee Service (14) honored by NFPA

Awards presented at NFPA Conference & Expo®

June 14, 2018 – Every year the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards will be presented to 17 individuals at the NFPA Conference & Expo taking place this week in Las Vegas.

2018 Recipients for Special Achievement Award

Russell B. Leavitt
Telgian Corporation
Phoenix, Ariz.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems Technical Committees on:

  • Sprinkler System Installation Criteria (2011 – present)
  • Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria (1999 – 2001; 2012 as Chair – present)
  • Foam-Water Sprinklers (1998 – 2001)

Technical Committees on:

  • Cultural Resources (2012 – present)
  • Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2011 – present)
  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (1998 – present)
  • General Storage (1998 – 2003)
  • Rack Storage (1994 – 1999)

Correlating Committees on:

  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems (2008 – present)
  • Building Code (2003 – 2016)

Board of Directors (2014 – present)

  • Governance and Nominating (2016 – present)
  • Compensation (2015 – present)
  • Finance (2013)

Warren E. Olsen
Fire Safety Consultants, Inc.
Elgin, Ill.

Correlating Committee on Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property (2009 – present)

Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property Technical Committees on:

  • Notification Appliances for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (2003 – 2009; 2016 – present)
  • Supervising Station Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (2009 – present; Chair since 2016)

Technical Committee on Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2011 – present)

John A. Welling, III
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Princeton, N.J.

Technical Committees on:

  • Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices (2013 – present)
  • Pre-Incident Planning (1995 – present; Chair 2002 – 2015)
  • Mass Evacuation and Sheltering (2013 – 2014)

John T. Bell
Marine Inspection Services, Inc.
Channel View, Tex.

Technical Committee on Gas Hazards (1983 – present)

Joseph J. Cox
Chamber of Shipping of America
Washington, D.C.

Technical Committees on:

  • Merchant Vessels (1994 – 1998)
  • Shipbuilding, Repair, and Lay-Up (1983 – present; Chair 1988 – 1999; also Chair since 2008)
  • Gas Hazards (1982 – present; Chair 1982 – 1988)

Marine Field Service Advisory Committee (1983 – present)

Bradford T. Cronin
Newport Fire Department
Newport, R.I.

Technical Committees on:

  • Cultural Resources (2015 – present)
  • Building Code & Safety to Life – Residential Occupancies (2012 – present)
  • Marinas and Boatyards (2012 – present; Chair since 2017)
  • Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2011 – present)
  • Fire Pumps (2010 – present)
  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems – Residential Sprinkler Systems (2010 – present)
  • Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property – Carbon Monoxide Detection (2007 – present)
  • Animal Housing Facilities (2006 – present, Chair since 2007)

Laurence J. Dallaire
Architect of the Capitol
Washington, D.C.

Correlating Committee on Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property (2009 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Building Code & Safety to Life – Board and Care Facilities (2009 – present)
  • Cultural Resources (2006 – 2009)
  • Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property – Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Signaling Systems (2004-Present; Chair since 2009)

David H. Fischler
Pompano Beach, Fla.

Technical Committee on Ambulances (2009 as Chair – present)

Charles E. Hahl
GDH, Inc.
Chantilly, Va.

Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property Technical Committees on:

  • Emergency Communication Systems (2007 – present)
  • Public Emergency Reporting Systems (2005 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Premises Security (2000 – present; Chair 2000 – 2003)
  • Telecommunications (1997 – 2003)

Mark R. Hilbert
MR Hilbert Electrical Inspections & Training
Wolfeboro, N.H.

National Electrical Code Panels/Technical Committees on:

  • Code-Making Panel 2 (2010 as Chair – present)
  • Electrical Equipment of Industrial Machinery (2003 – present; Chair since 2008)
  • Code-Making Panel 4 (2002 – 2008)

David C. Kirby
Baker Engineering Risk Consultants, Inc.
Charleston, W.Va.

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Operations (1991 – present)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (1991 – present)
  • Tank Storage and Piping Systems (1991 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Explosion Protection Systems (1983 – present; Chair 1991-2002)
  • Combustible Dusts – Handling and Conveying of Dusts, Vapors, and Gases (1983 – present)

Karen E. Lehtonen
Lion Group, Inc.
Dayton, Ohio

Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment (2007 – present)

Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment Technical Committees on:

  • Electronic Safety Equipment (2003 – 2008)
  • Emergency Medical Services Protective Clothing and Equipment (1999 – present)
  • Hazardous materials Protective Clothing and Equipment (1999 – present)
  • Special Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment (1999 – present)
  • Wildland Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment (1999 – 2000)
  • Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment (1998 – present)
  • Specialized Fire Fighting Applications Protective Clothing and Equipment (1998 – 2003)
  • Respiratory Protection and Personal Alarm Equipment (1997 – 2000)

Technical Committees on:

  • Flash Fire Protective Garments (1999 – 2000)
  • Fire Department Rescue Tools (1996 – 2000
  • Air Purifying Personal Respiratory Protective Escape Devices (1996 – 1999)

Norbert Makowka
National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED)
Chicago, Ill.

Technical Committees on:

  • Aerosol Extinguishing Technology (2016 as Chair – present)
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers (2009 – present)
  • Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2008 – present)
  • Commissioning Fire Protection Systems (2008 – 2011)
  • Venting Systems for Cooking Appliances (2004 – present)
  • Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems (1995)
  • Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems (1992 – present)
  • Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property – Initiating Devices for Fire Alarms and Signaling Systems (1992 – present)
  • Gases Fire Extinguishing Systems (1992 – present)
  • Carbon Dioxide (1992 – 2005)
  • Foam (1992 – 2002)

Joyce A. Rizzo
JD2 Environmental, Inc.
West Chester, Pa.

Technical Committee on Tank Leakage and Repair Safeguards (1989 – present; Chair 1992 – 2003)

Tom G. Smith
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Correlating Committee on Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property (1997 – 2018)

Technical Committee on Premises Security (2002-2018)

Stephen Verbil
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
Middletown, Conn.

Technical Committee on Public Emergency Service Communication (1993 – present; Chair since 2008)

Joseph H. Versteeg
Versteeg Associates
Torrington, Conn.

Correlating Committees on:

  • Health Care Facilities (2012 – present)
  • Safety to Life (2009 – present)
  • Building Code (2003 – 2017)

Technical Committees on:

  • Marinas and Boatyards (2006 – present)
  • Safety to Life – Alternative Approaches to Life Safety (1994 – present; Chair since 2009)

Building Code Technical Committees on:

  • Structures, Construction, and Materials (2006 – present)
  • Building Construction (2005 – present; Chair 2006 – 2014)
  • Materials (2003 as Chair – 2006)

Building Code & Safety to Life Technical Committees on:

  • Means of Egress (2009 – present)
  • Residential Occupancies (2004 – present)

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