Fire protection community mourns the loss of Philip DiNenno

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Aug 19, 2013

Philip DiNenno (center) received the Lamb Award from Thomas Jaeger and Philip Stittleburg at NFPA's 2011 Conference & Expo.

Philip DiNenno, president of Hughes Associates, Inc., and a member of the NFPA Board of Directors, died on August 18, 2013. He was 60 years old.

“Phil will be remembered as one of the most outstanding leaders that NFPA has ever had,” said President Jim Shannon. “He was an extraordinarily effective advocate for fire safety and the most respected person in fire protection engineering of his generation. He served in leadership positions on NFPA’s board, chaired the Standards Council, and received our highest honors, the Paul C. Lamb Award and the Standards Medal. His contributions to NFPA and our mission are incalculable.”

Mr. DiNenno had a long professional history with NFPA, serving on many Technical Committees, including Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, Merchant Vessels, Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems, Halon Alternative Protection Options, Fire Investigations, and Fire Tests.

He served on NFPA’s Standards Council from 1998-2007 and was Chair from 2002-2007.

In 2011, Mr. DiNenno received the Paul C. Lamb Award from NFPA in recognition of his volunteer spirit, leadership skills, tact and diplomacy, and dedication to the goals of NFPA. In 2013, his outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of codes and standards were recognized when he received the NFPA Standards Medal.

This video clip from the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago highlights Mr. DiNenno's accomplishments to NFPA.

Mr. DiNenno began work at Hughes Associates in 1985. Previously, he worked as a fire protection engineer at Benjamin/Clarke Associates and Professional Loss Control, Inc. He was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Arizona and held a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, where he also lectured from 1977-1990.

The family will receive friends at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster MD on Wednesday from 6-8pm and Thursday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St, Westminster MD. Interment will be at Meadow Branch Cemetery, Westminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. DiNenno's memory to the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation, for the development of the new Cancer Center, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster, MD 21157 or to the Ivymount School for Autism, 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD 20854.

Online condolences may be sent to Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel.