The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented four awards that recognize achievements in fire and life safety at the 2010 NFPA Conference & Expo, June 7, 2010.
The recipient of this year’s Standards Medal was the late George Flach, formerly of Jefferson, La., for his commitment and contributions to several NEC® panels. This award is the highest award given by the Standards Council.
The winner of the 2009 Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award was Duke University/Duke Health System Fire Safety Division, Durham, N.C.. for carrying out the best program to coincide with NFPA’s 2009 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Stay Fire Smart, Don’t Get Burned.”
The recipients of the 2010 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts were Paul Mason, Charles Fleischmann, Chris Rogers, Alan McKinnon, Keith Unsworth and Michael Spearpoint for their paper, “Estimating Thermal Radiation Fields from 3D Flame Reconstruction.” This award is presented annually, along with a $5,000 cash prize, to the authors of the most outstanding paper submitted to Fire Technology during the previous calendar year, as voted by the International Editorial Board. This was the 25th anniversary of the Bigglestone Award.
Finally, John O’Sullivan received the 2010 Paul C. Lamb Award. This award is given for volunteer service and is the highest given by the association. To date, only 19 individuals have received the award since its inception in 1980. O’Sullivan has a 24-year history of service and dedication to the NFPA, having served as a volunteer on several committees, including the Standards Council from 1997 to 2002, the Aircraft Fuel Servicing Technical Committee from 1986 to 2006, and the Board of Directors from 2004 to the present.