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Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award

Bruce Johnson receives Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award

Bruce Johnson, 2015 FLSS ExcellenceBruce Johnson, Senior Regulatory Engineer in the Codes & Advisory Services department received the Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award. The award honors those who have dedicated themselves to saving lives and property through the development of codes, fire-prevention practices and leadership techniques. The award is sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC) and the Fire & Life Safety Section (FLSS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and is presented annually during the IAFC Fire Rescue International conference.

This award recognized Bruce’s long history of commitment; skill and perseverance toward promoting fire safety that rise above the norm and deserve special recognition. Prior to joining the UL team Bruce served as a town fire marshal, training academy fire instructor, and volunteer fire fighter and chief. He has served on fire code development committees, arson task forces, wildfire task forces and a terrorism response task force.

Photo left to right: Rob Neale – ICC, Dwayne Garriss – Georgia State Fire Marshal, Bruce Johnson, Adolf Zubia – FLSS Chair.

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Fire & Life Safety Section Scholarship

Marc Sampson Receives 2014 Scholarship

Marc Sampson of City of Longmont Colorado has been named recipient of the FLSS/IAFC Foundation Scholarship to attend the 2014 Harvard Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies program.

"We are pleased to make the award announcement to Marc Sampson and we know that he will represent the IAFC and FLSS well," explained Adolf Zubia, Chairman of the Fire and Life Safety Section. "As a fire protection engineer for the City of Longmont Colorado he is in an exceptional position to put the knowledge gained in this course into action immediately. Marc's experience will serve him well as he embraces the concepts presented in this course that is designed for officials in regulatory and enforcement agencies."

Marc Sampson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in fire protection and safety technology. He is a member of the Missouri Valley Division and the IAFC FLSS. Sampson serves on the International Code Council Fire Code Action Committee and represents the IAFC on the Fire Service Membership Council Governance Committee. He has worked as the fire protection engineer for the City of Longmont in Colorado for the past 18 years.

"I am honored and proud to accept this scholarship and I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in this program," added Marc. "My experience as a fire protection engineer will be greatly enhanced through this learning experience and my professional career, and I look forward to learning the latest information that will most certainly be a part of this leadership course. As a member of the National Fire Code Action Committee, I will be able to put this experience to use immediately for our nation and my community."

Bringing Safety Home Award

Minick Receives 2013 Award

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative announced that Deputy Fire Chief Kyle Minick is the recipient of the 2013 Bringing Safety Home Award, jointly presented by the two organizations. Minick is deputy chief of operations with the North Charleston (S.C.) Fire Department.

The award annually recognizes the efforts of fire chiefs who use HFSC's educational materials and the resources of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to ensure that decision-makers have accurate information as new or updated residential fire sprinkler codes are considered.

Chief Minick volunteered to chair the South Carolina Sprinkler Coalition and to spearhead a series of live flashover and fire sprinkler side-by-side demonstrations held across his state in partnership with the South Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Association. More than 20 of these dramatic demonstrations have been held since 2011, utilizing materials and information from both HFSC and NFPA's initiative.

In the nomination for the award, Chief Minick was hailed for his role in attracting the large number of firefighters, the media and the public who attended the side-by-side demonstrations. "Not only does Chief Minick represent the residential fire sprinkler issue well through his volunteer efforts, he lives this," the nomination says. Chief Minick had fire sprinklers installed in his own home. "Having a local advocate willing to take the lead on fire sprinkler education is key to making progress both in public awareness and in strong public safety requirements," said Lorraine Carli, HFSC board president and NFPA vice president of communications. "Chief Minick's personal and professional efforts to increase residential fire sprinkler protection throughout his state make him a most worthy recipient. We are pleased to honor his work with the 2013 award."

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