NFPA Announces Winner of the Paul C. Lamb Award


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has selected J. Kenneth Richardson to receive the 2008 Paul C. Lamb Award, given to a person who demonstrates exceptional volunteer service. The award was presented at NFPA’s World Safety Conference & Exposition® in Las Vegas, June 2-5.

The award is named after Paul C. Lamb for his career in fire protection and his years of dedication to NFPA. The award has only been presented to 18 individuals since its inception in 1980. It recognizes personal characteristics such as leadership skills, tact and diplomacy, straightforwardness, professional integrity and active dedication to the goals of NFPA.

Richardson has a private fire protection consulting firm which he established after leaving his position as head of the National Fire Laboratory at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) where he worked for more than 25 years. He has held numerous volunteer positions within NFPA, including: Committee on Automatic Sprinkler Systems member from 1975-1997, NFPA’s Standards Council from 1985-1992, and board of directors from 1992-1998.

In 1999, Richardson was awarded the Standards Medal, NFPA’s highest technical honor. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the National Fire Protection Research Foundation.

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