NFPA Expo Update: Association Names New Board Members


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), at its annual World Safety Conference and Exposition, has elected three new members to its board of directors. Among the three is the owner of a firm that specializes in the design of fire alarm systems.

The three – Wayne “Chip” Carson, John O’Sullivan and Randolph Tucker – were elected on May 23 during the May 23-26 NFPA Expo at the Salt Lake Convention Center.

Carson is the owner and president of Carson Associates Inc. of Warrenton,Va., which engineers fire protection systems and consults on fire codes. Carson Associates, founded in 1973, also designs and supervises the installation of fire protection systems for commercial and government clients.

Carson is the former fire protection engineer for Trans World Airlines and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He is secretary of the Technical Correlating Committee for the Building Construction and Safety Code NFPA 5000.
O’Sullivan is the fire protection manager for British Airways, while Tucker is senior vice president of international development for Rolf Jensen & Associates Inc., a global fire and security consulting firm based in Houston.

In other NFPA Expo News:

NFPA Hands Out Awards: The NFPA has given its highest honor, the Paul C. Lamb Award, to the former chairman of its board of directors, Jack Wells. The award was presented May 23 during the opening session of the NFPA Expo.

The Paul C. Lamb Award honors members whose service to NFPA “represents the height of voluntary spirit and deed,” according to the NFPA. Wells is vice president of corporate development for Pass & Seymour/Legrand, a leading manufacturer of wiring devices, ground fault circuit interrupters and wall plates based in Syracuse, N.Y.

Other recipients of awards at the NFPA’s opening session included:

Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts – Authors Susan Rose-Pehrsson, Sean Hart, Daniel Gottuk, Mark Wright and Jennifer Wong of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C.; and Thomas Street, Frederick Williams, and Mark Hammond of Hughes Associates of Baltimore for their paper “Early Warning Fire Detection System Using a Probabilistic Neural Network.”

Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Contest – Duke University and Health Systems, which won for the second consecutive year.

Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Award –The Suffolk, Va., Department of Fire and Rescue.

NFPA’s Standards Medal – Gary Taylor, past chair of the NFPA Standards Council and current member of the NFPA board of directors.

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