Special Achievement (1) and Committee Service (17) honored by NFPA

June 18, 2020 – 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. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Conference & Expo, awards will be presented to 18 individuals at the 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo to be held in Las Vegas.

 

2020 Recipient for Special Achievement Award

John A. LeBlanc, FM Global, Norwood, MA

Correlating Committees on:

  • Combustible Dusts (2015 – present)
  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems (2013 – present)
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2005 – present; Chair since 2017)

Technical Committees on:

  • Hazardous Chemicals (2016 – present)
  • Explosion Protection Systems (2009 – present)
  • Finishing Processes (2009 – present)
  • Aerosol Products (1992 – present)
  • National Electrical Code – Panel 7 (1992 – 2017)
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:
  • Fundamentals (2005 – present; Chair 2005 – 2006)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (1992 – present; Chair 2005 – 2017)

2020 Recipients for Committee Service Award

Anthony C. Apfelbeck (Tony) Altamonte Springs Building/Fire Safety Division Altamonte Springs, FL

Technical Committees on:

  • Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment (2018 – present)
  • Professional Qualifications – Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications (2017 – present)
  • Fire Code (1999 – present)
Paul W. Cabot (retired), American Gas Association, Washington, D.C.

Technical Committees on:

  • National Fuel Gas Code (1998 – 2020)
  • Gas Process Safety (2011 – 2020)
Dr. Joseph A. Cocciardi, Cocciardi and Associates, Inc., Mechanicsburg, PA

Technical Committees on:

  • Building Fire and Life Safety Directors (2015 – present)
  • Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices (2000 – present; Chair 2009 – present
  • Professional Qualifications – Industrial Fire Brigade Personnel Professional Qualifications (1998 – present)
  • Emergency Service Organization Risk Management (2002 – 2008)
David A. de Vries, Firetech Engineering Inc., Skokie, IL

Correlating Committees on:

  • Building Code (2005 – 2005)
  • Safety to Life (2003 – 2005)

Technical Committees on:

  • Venting Systems for Cooking Appliances (2019 – present)
  • Confined Space Safe Work Practices (2009 – 2014)
  • Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems (2008 – present; Chair 2009 – present)
  • Building Code & Safety to Life – Means of Egress (1993 – present; Chair 2003 – 2005)
  • Carbon Monoxide Detection (1996)
  • Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property – Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Signaling Systems (1995 – 1996)
  • Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property – Initiating Devices for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (1995 – 1996)
  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (1994 – 1996)
  • Fire Pumps (1993 – 1996)
  • Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings (1992 – 1996)
  • Air Conditioning (1991 – 1996)
William T. Fiske, Intertek Testing Services, Cortland, NY

Correlating Committee on:

  • National Electrical Code (2010 – 2014; 2019 – present)
  • National Electrical Code Panels/Technical Committees on:
  • Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2000 – 2002)
  • Code-Making Panel 14 (1998 – 2003; 2011 – present)
  • Code-Making Panel 1 (1998 – 2018)
  • Code-Making Panel 11 (1985 – 1998)

Technical Committees on:

  • Health Care Facilities – Electrical Systems (2011 – 2019)
  • Electrical Equipment in Chemical Atmospheres (1994 – present; Chair 2013 – present)
Russell P. Fleming, Northeast Fire Suppression Associates, LLC, Keene, N.H.

Correlating Committees on:

  • Building Code (2000 – 2006)
  • Safety to Life (1991 – 2002)
  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems (1997 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Record Protection (2014 – 2016)
  • Venting Systems for Cooking Appliances (2012 – present)
  • Road Tunnel and Highway Fire Protection (2005 – 2014; 2017 – present)
  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (2000 – 2014; 2017 – present)
  • Fire Risk Assessment Methods (2000 – 2012)
  • Water Spray Fixed Systems (2000 – 2012)
  • Merchant Vessels (1994 – 2017)
  • Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems (1993 – 2000)
  • Safety to Life – Alternative Approaches to Life Safety (1991 – 2000)
  • Building Code/Safety to Life – Residential Occupancies (1991 – 2000)
  • Exposure Fire Protection (1977 – 2017)

Automatic Sprinkler Systems Technical Committees on:

  • Foam-Water Sprinklers (2000 – 2012)
  • Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria (1997 – 2007)
  • Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (1997 – 2005)

Board of Directors Committees on:

  • Audit (2002 – 2004)
  • Finance (2002 – 2005)
  • Pension (1999 – 2005)
  • Governance (1999 – 2004)
  • Standards Council (1987 – 1998)
  • Standards Medal Recipient 1998
Douglas P. Forsman, Fairfield Bay Fire Department, Fairfield Bay, AR

Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications (1990 – present; Chair 1992 – 2003)

Standards Council (1996 – 2001)

Board of Directors Committees on:

  • Membership (2002 – 20210)
  • Governance (2002 – 20210)
  • Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund (1999 – 2002)
Sharon S. Gilyeat, Koffel Associates, Inc., Columbia, MD

Correlating Committees on:

  • Safety to Life (2010 – present)
  • Health Care Facilities (2001 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Laboratories Using Chemicals (2016 – present)
  • Building Code/Safety to Life – Fundamentals (2010 – present)
  • Laser Fire Protection (2010 – present; Chair 2010 – present)
  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (2000 – present; Chair 2000 – 2010)

Health Care Facilities Technical Committees on:

  • Fundamentals (2010 – 2014)
  • Health Care Emergency Management and Security (2007 – present)

Safety to Life Technical Committees on:

  • Fire Protection Features (1993 – 2000)
  • Detention and Correctional Occupancies (1992 – 1996)
Chief (Retired) Kevin Kreitman, Albany Fire Department, Albany, OR

Correlating Committee on:

  • Combustible Dusts (2011 – present; Chair 2011 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Hazardous Chemicals (2006 – present)
  • Combustible Dusts – Combustible Metals and Metal Dusts (1998 – present)
Roger M. LeBoeuf, Elliott, LeBoeuf & McElwain, Springfield, VA

Technical Committees on:

  • Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props (2015 – present)
  • Fire Service Training (2000 – present)
Thomas F. Norton, Norel Service Company, Inc., Concord, MA

Correlating Committee on:

  • Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property (1995 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2011 – present)
  • Telecommunications (2003 – present)
  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (1996 – present)
  • Cultural Resources (1988 – present)

Signaling Systems Technical Committees on:

  • Carbon Monoxide Detection (2006 – 2018; Chair 2006 – 2016)
  • Fundamentals of Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (1990 – present)
  • Board of Directors (2005 – 2012)
Chief Edward P. Plaugher, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Conway, SC

Technical Committees on:

  • Data Exchange for the Fire Service (2008 – present; Chair 2008 – present)
  • Professional Qualifications – Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner Professional Qualifications (1990 – 2007)
Major Lawrence L. Preston, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD

Correlating Committee on:

  • Professional Qualifications (2009 – present; 1994 – 1995)

Technical Committees on:

  • Hazardous Materials Response Personnel (2013 – 2019)
  • Professional Qualifications – Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2001 – present; Chair 2009 – present)
Chief Kenneth W. Richards, Jr.,  Old Mystic Fire Department, Old Mystic, CT

Technical Committee on: 

  • Fire Service Training (2002 – present; Chair 2011 – present)

Standards Council (2019 – present)

Ronald M. Smidt, Atrium Health, Troutman, NC

Technical Committee on:

  • Emergency Power Supplies (1997 – present)
  • Health Care Facilities Technical Committees on:
  • Piping Systems (1997 – present)
  • Electrical Systems (1991 – present)
Bruce J. Swiecicki, National Propane Gas Association, Tinley Park, IL

Technical Committees on:

  • Fuel Gases Warning Equipment (2020 – present)
  • Gas Process Safety (2011 – present) Manufactured Housing (2008 – present)
  • LP-Gases at Utility Gas Plants (2006 – present)
  • Building Code/Safety to Life – Industrial, Storage, and Miscellaneous Occupancies (2003 – present)
  • Recreational Vehicles (2003 – present)
  • Automotive and Marine Service Stations (1996 – present)
  • National Fuel Gas Code (1995 – present)
  • Motor Craft (1995 – 2009)
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gases (1994 – present)
Joseph E. Zanoni, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc., Carrollton, TX

Technical Committees on:

  • Liquefied Petroleum Gases (2004 – 2013)
  • Marine Terminals (1989 – present; Chair 2009 – present)

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