NFPA honors achievements in fire and life safety with awards presented at WSC&E®

Published on June 3, 2007

June 3, 2007 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today presented three awards to recognize achievements in fire and life safety. 

Jennifer L. Nelson, recipient of NFPA’s Standards Medal:The Standards Medal, the highest award given by the Standards Council, recognizes outstanding contributions to fire safety in the development of codes and standards.

Jennifer Nelson is being honored for the valuable contributions she has made to the development of NFPA codes and standards and the cause of fire safety worldwide. She was affiliated with AT&T for 20 years, before taking an early retirement in 2005. Nelson served on NFPA’s Committee on General Storage from 1987 – 2003, the Committee on Classification and Properties of Hazardous Chemical Data from 1987 – 2005, the Committee on Water Cooling Towers from 1987 – 2005; and was secretary of this Committee from 1991 – 2005. She also served on the Committee on Telecommunications from 1997 – 2005, the Committee on Uniform Fire Code from 2003 – 2005, and served as a member of the NFPA Standards Council from 1991 – 1997. Nelson is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Michelin North America,recipient of the Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Contest: The award recognizes businesses that promote fire and related safety messages for employees and their communities in conjunction with local fire departments during Fire Prevention Week from the previous year.

Michelin North America’s winning Fire Prevention Week program promoted the importance of safe cooking to coincide with the 2006 Fire Prevention Week theme, Prevent Cooking Fires:  Watch What You Heat! Employees received materials on safe cooking throughout the week and the company partnered with local fire departments to educate children on good fire prevention and safety practices. They also provided hands-on training to over 1500 employees on the proper operation of fire extinguishers.

Co-authors Michael Klassen, Jason Sutula, Maclain Holton, Richard Roby and Thomas Izbicki, recipients of the 2007 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts: The Bigglestone Award is presented annually to the authors of the most outstanding paper submitted to Fire Technology during the previous calendar year.

The Harry C. Bigglestone Award for best paper from Fire Technology in 2006 was “Transmission Through and Breakage of Multi-Pane Glazing Due to Radiant Exposure.” Awardees are selected by the international editorial board of Fire Technology. Recipients of the 2006 award are the five co-authors of the paper: Michael Klassen, Jason Sutula, Maclain Holton and Richard Roby of Combustion Science & Engineering, Inc.; and Thomas Izbicki of Rolf Jensen & Associates.

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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