The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognized outstanding achievements in fire and life safety during its 2017 Conference & Expo, held June 4-7 in Boston.
The NFPA presented four awards:
- Harry C. Bigglestone Award: Honoring the memory of the Fire Protection Research Foundation trustee and Society of Fire Protection Engineers fellow and past president, the Harry C. Bigglestone award is given annually to the paper appearing in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire-protection concepts and is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize. Receiving the award for 2017 were Enrico Ronchi, Erica D. Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson, Richard D. Peacock, and Paul A. Reneke for the paper “Assessing the Verification and Validation of Building Fire Evacuation Models,” which is intended to open a discussion on the main issues associated with the definition of a standard procedure for the verification and validation of building fire-evacuation models, including the definition of the acceptance criteria of a standard verification and validation protocol.
- Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal: Recognizing the Fire Protection Research Foundation project completed in the previous year that best exemplifies the foundation’s fire-safety mission, commitment to overcoming technical challenges, and collaborative approach to execution, the Research Foundation Medal for 2017 was awarded to “Lithium-Ion Batteries Hazard and Use Assessment – Phase 3: Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Lithium Ion Batteries Stored in Cartons,” part of a research project aimed at developing a guidance protocol for fire protection of lithium-ion batteries in storage. The medal was presented to Benjamin Ditch of FM Global, who served as project contractor.
- Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award: Recognizing businesses that promote fire and related safety messages to their employees and communities during Fire Prevention Week, the Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award was presented to Siemens Building Technologies for its 2016 Fire Prevention Week program. Siemens partnered with Marvel Comics to script, design, and produce a digital and printed quad-fold comic poster illustrating how an emergency voice communication system can help spur building occupants to action. The storyline focuses on Siemens’ intelligent voice communication system and features such popular Marvel characters as Iron Man and Captain America.
- Standards Medal: Recognizing outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of NFPA codes and standards, the Standards Medal for 2017 was awarded to Kenneth E. Isman, a clinical professor in fire-protection engineering at the University of Maryland. Over the years, Isman has served on the life, fire pumps, water cooling towers, water tanks, and sprinkler committees and was a member of the NFPA Standards Council for seven years. Today, he serves on the NFPA 101, 5000, 20, 13, 13D, and 13R committees. Isman has contributed significantly to the handbooks for NFPA 13, 13D, and 13R and played an integral role in creating the first edition of NFPA 25. Additionally, he contributed to the Fire Pump Handbook and the Fire Protection Research Foundation High Volume/Low Speed Fans and Sprinkler Operation project. Isman incorporates 22 NFPA codes into his course curricula.