NFPA Presents Paul C. Lamb, Fire Life and Safety Educator of the Year Awards

On Monday, NFPA presented John O’Sullivan with the Paul C. Lamb Award and named Beverly Thompson as the 2010 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.

O'Sullivan retired from his job as fire protection manager of British Airways in 2006, a position that he held for 18 years. He now works as a principle technical fire consultant for Bureau Veritas UK & Ireland. O'Sullivan has a 24-year history of service and dedication to NFPA, having served as a volunteer on several committees, including the Standards Council from 1997 to 2002, the Aircraft Fuel Servicing Technical Committee from 1986 to 2006, and the Board of Directors from 2004 to present.

The award is given in honor of Paul C. Lamb and is a tribute to his legacy of service to NFPA and to the cause of fire safety .It recognizes leadership skills, tact and diplomacy, straightforwardness, professional integrity, and active dedication to the goals of NFPA. To date, only 19 individuals have received the award since its inception in 1980.

Thompson is a public education specialist with DeKalb County Fire Rescue in Tucker, Ga. In 2003, Thompson brought NFPA’s Risk Watch Program to more than 50,000 children, instituting it in all 84 elementary schools and two middle schools in DeKalb County.

The Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award recognizes a fire and life safety educator who works at fire department, uses NFPA’s materials in consistent and creative ways, and demonstrates excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community.

NFPA presented Thompson with a $1,000 honorarium and a Steuben crystal award. The DeKalb County Fire Rescue received a $1,000 award to enhance its fire and life safety efforts.

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