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Imagine you're the owner of an industrial facility in your community. You run a clean shop, your employees are happy, and in all of your years of business operations, you've never once had a fire or any kind of emergency incident. But as we all know, things can happen. And if something goes wrong, having an emergency response plan in place - a plan that's thorough, communicated, and rehearsed - is one of the most concrete ways to ensure that you and your company can recover from an adverse event.
"You have to have a plan before an emergency happens," was the theme of a presentation at the 2018 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas that focused on the development and application of pre-incident planning at industrial facilities. 
"Pre-planning is the cornerstone of business continuity," said John Welling, PE, director of EHS & Emergency Services at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. During his presentation, Mr. Welling, who previously served as chair of the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning, and who has been an NFPA member for 37 years, said pre-planning allows for businesses and emergency responders from all disciplines to create a solid base of information so that they can respond to a facility quickly, understand the hazards, mitigate the situation, and get out of the facility quickly so it can return to normal operations.
NFPA 1620 has its roots in the 1980s when a series of warehouse fires led to the development of a "recommended practice" (NFPA 1420) to help warehouse facility managers plan for and manage emergency incidents. After a scope expansion to include other types of buildings in 1998, the document was totally revised and re-launched in 2010 as NFPA 1620 which provides criteria for developing pre-incident plans to help responders manage emergencies and maximize protection for occupants, responding personnel, property, and the environment. 
Mr. Welling said he is surprised by the number of businesses who still do not have a comprehensive plan in place.
"The bottom line is that businesses have to answer to our people - our employees, our neighbors, our shareholders," said Mr. Welling. "No company wants to be tried in the court of public opinion. That's why we invest in advance planning. We spend a lot of time, effort, and money to be prepared."
How do you decide what goes into your pre-incident plan? Mr. Welling said to consider "everything and everyone" and any issue that has potential for having an adverse impact on your operation and community. "The list is endless, but you don't want your documentation to be so voluminous that nobody reads it," he said. "The plan has be functional, easy to use, easily tested, easily updated, and managed.' All of Bristol-Myers Squibb's plans are also available online.
A pre-incident plan needs to be customized and created with input from all internal and external stakeholders. "It can't be one person sitting in their office who creates a pre-incident plan," said Mr. Welling. "You need to include local fire, police, and other local emergency service providers, environmental health and safety specialists, and plant operation managers. Throughout the year, we review with them our plan, what resources we have, and what resources they have. The first time we all get together should not be at an incident." 
One Bristol-Myers Squibb facility stores nearly 40,000 different kinds of chemicals, so Mr. Welling's team worked with local emergency responders to detail how responding units need to consider tactics to protect themselves, employees, and the property. 
Mr. Welling said building relationships with all plan stakeholders is key to making sure it is a living, dynamic roadmap.
During the presentation at NFPA's Conference & Expo, Greg Jakubowski, PE, Chief Engineer at Fire Planning Associates, and current chair of the NFPA 1620 Technical Committee, provided an overview of important changes that are being proposed for the 2020 edition of the standard. Among the recommended changes are new sections on alternative energy sources, emergency power supplies, security systems, buildings under construction, and preplanning for the safety of transportation systems. In addition, there is an effort to get NFPA 1620 referenced in more of the nearly 70 NFPA codes and standards that refer to pre-incident planning concepts.
The first draft report of the 2020 edition of NFPA 1620 is expected to be available in September. 
Did you know that NFPA Conference & Expo attendees and NFPA members get full access to ALL the 2018 NFPA Conference & Expo education session audio & video files? Browse the full list of education sessions here.] If you're not currently an NFPA member, join today!

At Las Vegas conference, NFPA president outlines eight elements of the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem that must work in harmony to protect people and property.


Jim Pauley speaks  at NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas
In the year since NFPA president Jim Pauley spoke to attendees at our 2017 Conference & Expo in Boston, Grenfell Tower in London went up in flames, killing 71 people and injuring many more. We also witnessed more than five dozen deaths as wildfires spread through Portugal, a tragic example of the wildfire story playing out all across the globe. Last July, three people died in a high-rise fire in an unsprinklered apartment building in Hawaii. And last fall at the Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, nearly 60 people including 12 off-duty firefighters, lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting event in the United States.


Mr. Pauley said that these incidents and others that played out on the world stage in the past 12 months beg the questions: How are these events possible in this day and age, and what is it that we need to be doing?


"Each of these events is a tragedy on its own," said Mr. Pauley. "Taken together, they represent a catastrophic failure of what I call the 'Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem'. We are backsliding when we need to be forging ahead."


The good news: the number of fires is declining. But statistically, if you have a fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were 20 years ago. We do have many of the tools we need to prevent damaging fires – sprinklers, smoke alarms, codes, and enforcement. But they are being met with resistance -- underused, ignored, or allowed to become outdated. 


"We have failed to connect the dots," said Mr. Pauley. While everyone is so focused on particular aspects of incidents, collectively, we have forgotten that safety is a system – not a singular action, piece of equipment, or event.



"From NFPA's perspective, the full Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem includes eight elements that play a critical role in protecting people and property," said Mr. Pauley. "Time after time when we have seen calamities, we can trace the cause of those situations to a breakdown in one or more of the elements of the ecosystem."


NFPA Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem


Element 1 of the Ecosystem is government responsibility. Federal, state and local elected officials must create a regulatory environment where laws, policies, and spending priorities are dictated by public safety needs, not by special interests. "That is their job, to protect their citizens," he said. "And citizens expect them to do it."


To help educate and support policy makers, NFPA launched the Fire and Life Safety Policy Institute. The Institute studies a wide range of issues and provide information and guidance on the best approaches to improve safety for the citizens they serve. The Institute has already shed light on some serious issues including the gap between public expectations of safety and the reality of timely code use.


Element 2 focuses on the development and use of current codes. "Safety codes developed by experts from all over the world, many of you in this room, ensure minimum levels of safety," said Mr. Pauley. "The current editions of codes and standards incorporate learnings from recent research, technology advances, case studies, loss experience, and proven best practices."


Jim Pauley speaks  at NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas


Element 3 addresses the issue of reference standards. "We all talk about the use of the 'code itself' – the building code, life safety code, electrical code," said Mr. Pauley. "But we have to spend more time talking about the importance of the referenced codes and standards as well."


To support Elements 2 and 3, Mr. Pauley announced the launch of NFPA CodeFinder, an online portal that showcases a map of the key codes and standards used in North America and around the world, as well as insights into the reference standards that relate to the particular codes. CodeFinder also offers a place for users to provide NFPA with information about code use if it is not already in the tool.


Element 4 of the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem ensures that safety is prioritized. "Whether we are talking about using and enforcing codes, training workers, or choosing products, safety must be top of mind," said Mr. Pauley. "Uninformed decisions to simply cut costs can lead to disastrous and expensive consequences. Even in an anti-regulatory and cost-cutting environment, life safety measures should never be disregarded to save a few dollars."


Element 5 focuses on maintaining a skilled workforce, as employers in many trades are struggling to find competent staff.



Element 6 of the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem deals with code compliance. "Whether a house or a new office building, the places people live and work are only as safe as the construction and code compliance in place," said. Mr. Pauley.


"Without sufficient resources to ensure construction and maintenance meet code requirements, communities are missing a critical step in the safety ecosystem."


Compliance is integral throughout the entire lifecycle of a building – every phase from planning and zoning through demolition. Mr. Pauley noted that NFPA has assembled an enforcers forum whose members represent the spectrum of a building's compliance issues who are having great conversations about how to better work with developers, owners and facility managers. In addition, NFPA just launched a new Member Section to give electrical inspection members a specific place to gather and take action.


Element 7 address preparedness and emergency response. Because first responders are on the front line for offense and defense for fires, car crashes, medical emergencies, natural disasters, and man-made catastrophic events, they must be well-trained, well-resourced, and well-prepared.


In May, NFPA issued NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response Program, to help communities holistically deal with the fast-growing number of mass casualty incidents. The document is the first of its kind and provides unified planning, response and recovery guidance, as well as civilian and responder safety considerations. "Our work in this area represents NFPA’s growing significance in the full range of safety issues beyond fire," said Mr. Pauley. "We go where our first responder go." (See overview of NFPA 3000 resources and training.)


Element 8 of the Fire and Life Safety addresses the need for an informed public.


Mr. Pauley also announced the kick-off of a new project that combines public education and state-of-the-art technology to drive home critical safety lessons for all ages.


"NFPA has signed on to be the title sponsor for the 'NFPA HEROES Experience' a new attraction at the National Center for Fire and Life Safety," he said. "To be located in Alabama, the NFPA HEROES Experience will immerse visitors in authentic stories, exhibits and experiences that dramatize the importance of preventative fire and life safety measures. Think Disney meets fire and life safety. This will be unlike anything that has ever been done in fire prevention education.

It will impact not only Alabama but the rest of the country and the world."


Jim Pauley speaks  at NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas


Mr. Pauley closed his remarks by encouraging attendees think about their role in the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem. "What more can you be doing to better protect people and property?" he asked. "What more can we do together?


Mr. Pauley said there is not a single answer to safety. "We may not be able to prevent every tragedy from occurring, but by recommitting to and promoting the full safety ecosystem of prevention, protection and education, we can further our work to help save lives and reduce loss. It’s a big world, let’s protect it together. This is not a slogan. It is a call to action. That ladies and gentlemen is the focus of your association."


Read the full transcript of Mr. Pauley's presentation.

Watch the full video of Mr. Pauley's presentation.

Randy Tucker, who just completed his two-year term as Chair of NFPA's Board of Directors, was honored for his service to the Association during the General Session of the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Mr. Tucker, owner/consultant of Tucker Consulting Associates in Houston, was feted for his "great sense of business judgment, and his passion for fire protection." "He helps those of us on the Board figure out how to bring those two things together," said new chair Keith Williams of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

During the General Session of the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, several new members were elected to the Board of Directors. Association members elected Brion Callori, Martha Connors, Reginald D. Freeman, William J. Fries, and Louis Paulson, to the Board. More details about our new Board members. Three Board members, John D. Bonney, R. David Paulison, and Michael Wallace, were each re-elected second three-year term. 


What does it take to protect the world today? In the video below, some members of NFPA's Board of Directors, including new Chair Keith Williams, Amy Acton, Immediate Past Chair Randy Tucker, and former Chair Ernest Grant talk about the safety challenges of our rapidly changing world.


Bill Koffel

Bill Koffel (right) accepts the NFPA Standards Medal from Kerry M. Bell of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., who is Chair of the NFPA Standards Council.


Bill Koffel, founder and president of Koffel Associates, a fire protection and safety engineering design and consulting firm, was honored at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas with the NFPA Standards Medal.


Mr. Koffel, an NFPA member since 1979, has participated on 27 different NFPA Technical Committees. He chairs three NFPA Technical Committees, and recently chaired the Correlating Committee for NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® for nine years. Mr. Koffel has also taken on the role as an educator, producing over 60 technical presentations and publications, and taught classes on various NFPA codes including NFPA 101, NFPA 13, and NFPA 25.


The NFPA Standards Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to fire safety, and the development of NFPA codes and standards.

Jim Dalton and Randy Tucker

Jim Dalton (right) accepts the Shannon Advocacy Medal from Immediate Past NFPA Chair Randy Tucker.

Jim Dalton, a well-known and respected advocate for fire safety, received the 2018 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas in recognition for his career-long commitment and passion.


Mr. Dalton began his journey as a volunteer firefighter in Maryland before spending more than 25 years as a career He became a pivotal public safety leader advocating for smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, and other lifesaving systems on a local, state and national level. When his county passed the most comprehensive smoke alarm law in the country, Mr. Dalton traveled the nation helping other jurisdictions to implement similar strategies.


Mr. Dalton was instrumental in pursuing the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act after The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island killed 100. He worked for 15 years to ultimately secure passage as part of the tax reform measures signed into law. The bill provides incentives to small businesses who install sprinklers.


He has been active with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the U.S. Fire Administration, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Mr. Dalton was the founding representative from NFSA to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition from 1997 until 2009. He also served as NFSA’s representative to The Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee and currently serves as Chair of that committee.


The Shannon Advocacy Medal was established in honor of former NFPA President Jim Shannon who was known for his tireless advocacy. Mr. Shannon led NFPA efforts to promote key changes to reduce fire loss, and was a vocal advocate for home fire sprinklers.

NFPA Educator of the Year

Denise Hynes, public educator for Toronto Fire Services, was recognized at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas for her passion and enthusiasm in teaching safety to her community.


Ms. Hynes, who has used NFPA educational materials since 2002, has developed a variety of programs including training for more than 700 home health staff and coordinating the delivery of 24 presentations on Remembering When (TM) for older adults who live in high-rise buildings. She also coordinated a partnership with COSTI Immigration Services to design fire and life safety materials translated into Arabic, for Syrians who had recently come to Canada. Ms. Hynes also worked with the "Famous People Players" theater company to develop a fire safety week theatrical presentation featuring Sparky the Fire Dog®.


Ms. Hynes was presented her "Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year" award by NFPA Board Member William Stewart of William A. Stewart Consulting Services in Toronto.

Industrial Section FPW award

Mark Fessenden, director of Industry Relations at Johnson Controls, was honored during a reception at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas for his role in driving the 2017 Fire Prevention Week campaign at his company and throughout his community of Marinette, WI.


Mr. Fessenden, who is active on several NFPA Technical Committees, was recognized by NFPA's Industrial Fire Protection Section, for leading a safety campaign that was co-sponsored by local Boy Scout Troop 1902 and supported by the local fire department. Community youth were participated in a variety of safety activities including fire extinguisher training using a simulator, testing and changing batteries in smoke alarms, and creating evacuation plans.


Mr. Fessenden was presented his award by Jeff Foisel of Dow Corning, chair of NFPA's Industrial Fire Protection Section.

Research Foundation medal

During a reception at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, a project that describes a novel framework for modeling wildfire urban evacuations was awarded the 2018 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal.


The project, “e-Sanctuary: Open Multi-Physics Framework for Modelling Wildfire Urban Evaluation,” argues that an integrated approach requires consideration and integration of all three important components of Wildfire Urban Interface (WUI) evacuation: fire spread, pedestrian movement, and traffic movement. The report includes a systematic review of each model component, and the key features needed for the integration into a comprehensive toolkit.


The award recognizes a Fire Protection Research Foundation project that best exemplifies the Foundation’s fire safety mission, technical challenges overcome, and collaborative approach.


The project was made possible by funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was led by Enrico Ronchi (Lund University, Sweden), Guillermo Rein (Imperial College of London), and Steven Gwynne (National Research Council of Canada). Mr. Gwynne accepted the award on behalf of all those involved in the project.


The award was presented by Casey Grant, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation..

Bigglestone Award

The 2018 Harry C. Bigglestone Award was presented to a quartet of authors whose paper, “An Unbiased Method for Probabilistic Fire Safety Engineers, Requiring a Limited Number of Model Evaluations” was featured in Fire Technology.


The paper, authored by Ruben Van Coile (Ghent University, Belgium and University of Edinburgh, UK), Georgios P. Balamenos (Rice University, Texas), Manesh D. Pandey (Waterloo University, Canada), and Robby Caspeele (Ghent University, Belgium), provides a computationally efficient methodology for application to structural fire safety. Results of this work can be applied with existing models and calculation tools, and allows for a parallelization of model evaluations.


The Bigglestone Award is given annually to the paper appearing in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire protection concepts. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 prize.


Lead author Ruben Van Coile was presented the award by Casey Grant, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation.

We've returned to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for NFPA's Conference & Expo. Attendees, exhibitors, and NFPA staff are here preparing for the week ahead, as we host one of the world’s biggest and most comprehensive fire, electrical, and life safety events.


In our Expo hall, which will open for business on Monday, June 11 at 2:45 pm, the space is buzzing with forklifts, ladders, packing crates, rolls of carpet, and hundreds of exhibitors preparing their booths. Hard to believe that this all comes together in the next 24 hours!


The NFPA Expo brings to life the products and services needed to meet and maintain compliance with codes and standards in the design, construction and operation of buildings and facilities of every kind. Attendees can evaluate thousands of products over the next three days. In addition, by visiting the NFPA booth, they can meet staff and learn more about the many services, products, and programs we have to offer. 


Expo hours: 

Monday: 2:45-6:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm







Charles R. Wright of Omaha, NE, receives NFPA's Special Achievement Award from Standards Council chair Kerry Bell.

Every year, NFPA's Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. This morning at the Technical Meeting in Boston, awards were presented to 17 individuals.


The Standards Council presented its Special Achievement Award to Charles Wright, who was recognized for his active role with the Hazardous Materials Response Personnel committee project. He is one of the original members of the Committee and has served in a variety of capacities during his membership over the last 30 years, including Secretary and Task Group Leader for multiple Committee projects.


Mr. Wright served as the Task Group Leader for the development of NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications. He was also honored for his leadership, dedication and collective contributions to the hazardous materials emergency response and training communities over the last 50+ years. He has has come to be known as the "Father of the APIE (Analyze, Plan, Implement, Evaluate) Process”: the organizational framework for NFPA 472, 473 and 1072.


The following individuals received Committee Service Awards for their dedication to NFPA's standards development process:

Mark W. Allen
Beacon Medaes, Rock Hill, S.C.
Health Care Facilities Technical Committee on Piping Systems (1986 – present)


Richard H. Barton
N. Hunt Moore & Associates, Inc., Collierville, Tenn.
Technical Committee on Solvent Extraction Plants (1997 – present; Chair since 2006)


Armand V. Brandao
FM Approvals, Norwood, Mass.
Technical Committees on:

  • Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems (2007 – 2014)
  • Foam (2007 – 2012)
  • Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation (2003 – present; Chair since 2006)
  • National Fuel Gas Code (1992 – 1996)


Michael A. Crowley
JENSEN HUGHES, Houston, Tex.
Correlating Committee on Health Care Facilities (2012 as Chair – present)
Technical Committees on:

  • Alternative Approaches to Life Safety (2014 – present)
  • Health Care Facilities – Fundamentals (1996 – present; Chair 1999 – 2012)

Building Code and Safety to Life Technical Committees on:

  • Means of Egress (2004 – present)
  • Health Care Facilities (1985 – present)


John J. Foley, III
Correlating Committee on Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2006 – present)
Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Fundamentals (2004 – present)
  • Tank Storage and Piping Systems (1996 – present)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (1992 – present)


Stephen J. King
Babylon, N.Y.
Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment (2006 – present)
Fire and Emergency Services protective Clothing and Equipment Technical Committees on:

  • Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment (1997 – present; Chair since 2006)
  • Respiratory Protection Equipment (1997 – 2008)
  • Special Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment (1997 – 2003)


John Lake
City of Gainesville, Gainesville, Fla.
Technical Committees on:

  • Manufactured Housing (2006 as Chair – present)
  • Fire Code (2004 – present)
  • Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (2000 – present)

Building Code and Safety to Life Technical Committee on Assembly Occupancies (2003 – present)
Automatic Sprinkler Systems Technical Committee on Private Water Supply Piping Systems (2001 – present)


John A. LeBlanc
FM Global, Norwood, Mass.
Correlating Committees on:

  • Combustible Dusts (2015 – present)
  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems (2013 – present)
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2005 – present)

Technical Committees on:

  • Hazardous Chemicals (2016 – present)
  • Explosion Protection Systems (2009 – present)
  • Finishing Processes (2009 – present)
  • Aerosol Products (1992 – present)

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Fundamentals (2005 – present; Chair 2005 – 2006)
  • Operations (1997 – present)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (1992 – present; Chair since 2006)


Alan Lipschultz
HealthCare Technology Consulting LLC, North Bethesda, Md.
Health Care Facilities Technical Committee on Medical Equipment (1977 – present; Chair 2007 – 2015)


David B. Mohile
Medical Engineering Services, LLC, Inwood, W.Va.
Health Care Facilities Technical Committee on Piping Systems (1989 – present; Chair 2002 – 2012)


Gregory G. Noll
Hildebrand & Noll Associates Inc., Lancaster, Pa.
Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications (2012 – present)
Professional Qualifications Technical Committee on Industrial Fire Brigade Personnel Professional Qualifications (1997 – 2009)
Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel (1986 – present, Chair since 2007)


Alfredo M. Ramirez
UL LLC, Northbrook, Ill.
Correlating Committee on Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2004 – present)
Technical Committees on:

  • Fire Doors and Windows (2015 – present)
  • National Electrical Code Panel 1 (2005 – 2008)
  • Automotive and Marine Service Stations (2004 – present; Chair since 2007)
  • Uniform Fire Code (2003 – 2006)

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (2013 – present)
  • Fundamentals (2004 – present)
  • Operations (2004 – present)
  • Tank Storage and Piping Systems (2004 – present)


John L. Ritzmann
Consultant, Alexandria, Va.
Technical Committees on:

  • LP-Gases at Utility Gas Plants (1993 – 2016; Chair 2005 – 2012)
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gases (1992 – 2001)


Robert B. Sheffield
International ATMO, Inc., San Antonio, Tex.
Correlating Committee on Health Care Facilities (2012 – 2014)
Health Care Facilities Technical Committee on Hyperbaric and Hypobaric Facilities (1997 – present; Chair 2007 – 2014)


Walter N. Vernon, IV
Mazzetti, San Francisco, Calif.
Correlating Committee on Health Care Facilities (2012 – 2014)
Technical Committees on:

  • National Electrical Code Pane 15 (2016 – present)
  • National Electrical Code Panel 17 (2000 – 2002)
  • Health Care Facilities Technical Committee on Electrical Systems (1992 – present; Chair 2007 – 2014)


Christopher J. Wieczorek
FM Global, Norwood, Mass.
Correlating Committee on Flammable and Combustible Liquids (2006 – present)
Flammable and Combustible Liquids Technical Committees on:

  • Fundamentals (2005 as Chair – present)
  • Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (2005 – present)

Dolly Hulin, life safety education division chief for the Thomasville, NC, Fire Department, recieved NFPA's 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year during NFPA's Conference & Expo in Boston.


"Dolly is known for using innovative techniques and her own creativity to present NFPA fire and burn safety messages to the evergrowing and changing demographics within Thomasville," said NFPA Board member Kwame Cooper as he presented the award to Ms. Hulin.


Ms. Hulin has been exclusively using NFPA programs and materials since 2005. She calls NFPA the “one-stop-shop” for all of her fire department’s education and prevention efforts. She is known for her extraordinary commitment to fire and burn prevention education and her outreach efforts include Safety Fest, an event she created to raise awareness during Fire Prevention Week. The event is attended by more than 20 area agencies and hundreds of residents. 

Long-time public education advocate Patricia Mieszala of California received a special award from NFPA's Education Section during the NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston.


"Once in a great while someone comes along with great vision and perseverance that can change and inspire future colleagues and generations," said Section chair Lynn Schofield as he presented the award to Ms. Mieszala. "She became actively involved in NFPA public education outreach as a Learn Not to Burn and Risk Watch Regional coordinator, as well as youth fire setting intervention and public fire and life safety education."

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