NFPA’s Arthur E. Cote honored with AFSA’s most prestigious award

Published on September 14, 2006

September 14, 2006 – Arthur E. Cote, executive vice president and chief engineer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was recently honored with the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) most prestigious award, the 2006 Henry S. Parmelee Award. AFSA presented Cote with the award at their 25th Anniversary Convention and Exhibition on September 7th in Grapevine, Texas.

Cote was recognized for his tremendous contributions in saving lives and property and his longtime support of automatic fire sprinkler systems. He has been with NFPA since 1977 and in his tenure has been instrumental in advocating for fire prevention and safety throughout the world. Prior to joining NFPA, Cote held positions of vice president and chief engineer for an automatic fire sprinkler contracting company, supervising engineers in the engineering and loss control division of a major insurance company; and fire inspector for a fire insurance rating bureau.

In addition to his position at NFPA, Cote is current president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE),vice chair of the American National Standards Institute Board of Directors where he also serves as chair of the finance committee and vice chair of the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations International (CFPA-I).

Previously, Cote served on the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety for the United States Veterans Administration and served as a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Toxicity. He is a past recipient of several SFPE awards, including the John A. Ahern President’s Award, the Harold E. Nelson Award, the Hat’s Off Award and the Richard E. Stevens Award, an award presented by SFPE’s New England chapter. He was listed in Who’s Who in Engineering in 1991 and was elected a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers in 1992.

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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