NFPA recognizes individuals for accomplishments in fire and life safety with awards presented at World Safety Conference & Exposition

Published on June 2, 2008
June 2, 2008 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today presented three awards to recognize achievements in fire and life safety.

James R. Quiter, 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.

James R. Quiter is being honored for his valuable contributions to NFPA’s codes and standards development process and his dedication to the cause of fire safety worldwide. He has been a fire protection engineer for more than 25 years and currently holds the position of principal at Arup. Previously, he has held positions at Rolf Jensen & Associates and Insurance Services Office. Quiter has served on NFPA’s Technical Committee on Fixed Guideway Transit Systems since 2003; High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee since 2004 and has served as chair since 2004. He has served on Technical Correlating Committees on Safety to Life since 1992 and as chair since 2002; and on Building Code since 2000. He also served on NFPA’s Life Safety Code/Building Code Technical Committees on Means of Egress from 1984 – 2001 and Assembly and Educational Occupancies from 1991 – 1995.

Wood River Refinery, recipient of the Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Contest: T he 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.

Wood River Refinery of Roxana, Illinois was named winner of the Industrial Fire Protection Fire Prevention Week Contest for conducting the best program to coincide with the 2007 Fire Prevention Week theme, Practice Your Escape Plan! Materials highlighting the importance offire prevention and escape planning were distributed to the company’s 850 permanent employees and 300 contract employees. Materials were reviewed with employees during the monthly safety meetings and they were encouraged to bring materials home to educate their families. The company took steps to raise public awareness throughout the community by posting banners and sponsoring fire prevention public service announcements on local radio stations. The refinery also participated in the Great American Fire Drill, to practice their escape plan.

Co-authors Bogdan Dlugogorski, Eric Kennedy, and Ted Schaefer, recipients of the 2008 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 2007 was “Pressure-Loss Correlations for Designing Foam Proportioning Systems.” Awardees are selected by the international editorial board of Fire Technology. Recipients of the 2007 award are the three co-authors of the paper: Bogdan Dlugogorski and Eric Kennedy of the Center for Energy at the University of Newcastle, Australia; and Ted Schaefer of Solberg Asia Pacific, Australia.

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