NFPA Bestows Achievement Awards at Annual Conference


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented three awards that recognize achievements in fire and life safety at the 2010 NFPA Conference & Expo.

The association honored the late George Flach with the Standards Medal award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to fires safety and development of codes and standards. It is the highest award given by the Standards Council.

Flach, who served as chief electrical inspector in New Orleans, was honored with the award for his commitment and contributions to the National Electrical Code (NEC). He served on several panels, including NEC Panel 22 in 1976 as the chair; NEC Panel 10 from 1973 to 1976 as the vice chair; NEC Panel 15 from 1981 to 2002 and as chair from 1981 to 1984; and NEC Panel 13 from 2002 to 2007.

Duke University/Duke Health System Fire Safety Division, in Durham, N.C., was named the winner of the 2009 Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Program of the Year for carrying out the best program to coincide with NFPA’s 2009 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Stay Fire Smart, Don’t Get Burned.”

The division provided Duke students with fire safety literature, conducted fire drills in all campus resident halls, displayed messages on the Web and Duke TV and produced Fire Prevention Week vehicle magnets, which were displayed on department vehicles. Additionally, the team provided essential fire safety knowledge to patients at Duke Hospital to enable them to return home and maintain a fire-safe environment.

The 25th annual Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts was presented to Paul Mason, Charles Fleischmann, Chris Rogers, Alan McKinnon, Keith Unsworth and Michael Spearpoint for their paper, “Estimating Thermal Radiation Fields from 3D Flame Reconstruction.”

The award is given annually to the paper appearing in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire protection concepts. Accompanying this award is a $2,000 cash prize from the Fire Protection Research Foundation.

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