NFPA Awards Daniel O’Connor the 2023 Standards Medal

June 19, 2023 – The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) has announced that Daniel O'Connor, P.E., FSFPE, has been named the 2023 recipient of The Standards Medal, the highest award given by the NFPA Standards Council. This prestigious honor was presented to Mr. O'Connor at the Stars at Night awards gala held on June 18th in Las Vegas, as part of the annual NFPA Conference and Expo. 

The Standards Medal is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of NFPA codes and standards. Mr. O’Connor, a technical fellow at Jensen Hughes, has made significant contributions throughout his illustrious 43-year career as a consulting fire protection engineer.

Mr. O'Connor has served on numerous NFPA Technical Committees and has held chair positions for the NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, Technical Committee on Health Care Occupancies and two NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®, Technical Committees. He has also provided invaluable contributions to the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook and the NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® Handbook.

Mr. O'Connor's remarkable career has involved a diverse portfolio of projects, including airports, convention centers, historic buildings, nuclear power plants, hospitals, and several 100-plus story buildings. His significant research contributions in the areas of fire detection and suppression earned him the Research Foundation’s Ronald K. Mengel Award.

In addition to his notable accomplishments within NFPA, Mr. O'Connor has been a leading voice in fire safety research and education. He has served as a contributing author and chair of the SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire since 1999.

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