NFPA awards scholarships to four fire safety students

Published on August 2, 2011
August 2, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to four exceptional fire safety students based on their contributions to fire safety activities, academic achievements, and leadership abilities. The scholarships are awarded each year to recognize students for their pursuit of careers in fire safety.

Pamela Herald, the recipient of the Arthur E. Cote Scholarship, is a junior at the University of Maryland. Herald is working on an independent study course analyzing evacuation data on stairways collected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is also very active in campus organizations such as the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Salamander Fire Protection Honor Society, and hopes to become an influential fire protection engineer. This scholarship was established in 2006 in honor of Cote’s retirement from the NFPA and is awarded to recognize and offer support for undergraduate students pursuing careers in fire protection engineering.

Richard Emberley, a senior in the Fire Protection Engineering program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is the recipient of the John L. Jablonsky Scholarship. Emberley is working towards his master’s and PhD in fire protection engineering.  In the past, he has travelled to Melbourne, Australia to develop electrical fire prevention methods for the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board. He was president of WPI’s American Society of Civil Engineers and hopes to work in the areas of fire protection engineering, research and teaching. This scholarship is named in honor of the late John L. Jablonsky, former chair of the NFPA Standards Council and his valuable contribution to the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control and to several NFPA committees. The scholarship is intended to aid those with similar convictions to develop careers of service to mankind.

Penelope Ingles is the recipient of the George D. Miller Scholarship. Ingles is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire science at Columbia Southern University. She was an experienced volunteer firefighter, serving for 15 years. During that time, Ingles successfully managed a hostage stand-off, created a product that raised $10,000 for a D.C. burn unit, and created a child safety program for the Northern Virginia region. She is one of only two female lieutenants working for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, and has hopes of rising to the rank of captain. The George D. Miller Scholarship was established in honor of the former NFPA president and CEO and is awarded to students in fire service or public administration programs.

Kevin Frank, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury, is the recipient of the David B. Gratz Scholarship. Frank received his BSc and MSc degrees in fire engineering from the University of Alberta, and went on to work as an engineer for Sinatra Engineering. His current PhD research revolves around uncertainty in fire safety system effectiveness. Frank plans to remain heavily involved in fire engineering, investigation and service. This scholarship is named for David B. Gratz, the NFPA’s first executive director for international operations, a position he held for 22 years. The scholarship is awarded to recognize the growth of fire science and fire engineering programs.

For additional information regarding NFPA scholarship program please contact Christine Ellis at +1 617 984-7244.

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