Jim Shannon, President/CEO of NFPA, was named "2009 Person of the Year" by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers at the group's annual conference in Scottsdale, AZ, on October 19.
Mr. Shannon was honored for establishing NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a coordinated effort to provide resources for the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who want to demonstrate the need for home fire sprinklers in their community. He also organized the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, a national group committed to saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing the threat of cigarette-ignited fires. As a result of the Coalition's efforts, 99.8% of the U.S population is now or soon will be better protected from cigarette fires.
“Shannon has shown great leadership in the development of coalitions and initiatives that are focused on protecting people, property and the environment from fire,” said SFPE Engineering Program Manager Chris Jelenewicz. “These efforts, in addition to NFPA’s standards and education efforts, have made significant contribution to improving fire safety throughout the world,” he said.