Dow Corning Plant in China Wins NFPA Award

The Dow Corning Co. Ltd. Songjiang plant in Shanghai was honored for a "Have 2 Ways Out" training initiative, which included drills, posters, banners and online materials during Fire Prevention Week.

One of the awards presented Monday during the opening day of the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago was the 2012 Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Week Award, given to recognize operations that promote fire safety during the 2012 week. The winner was the Dow Corning Co. Ltd. Songjiang plant in Shanghai, China, for the work done by David Hanson and his team with a "Have 2 Ways Out" training initiative. The program's focus was on training and drills, with additional information provided online and in a printed brochure, posters, and banners throughout the plant. Plant Manager Sven Eckert was on hand to accept the award.

The winning project of the 2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal was "Determination of Fire Hose Friction Loss Characteristics." The recipients of the 2013 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts are Kristopher Overholt and Ofodike (D.K.) Ezekoye for their paper, "Characterizing Heat Release Rates Using an Inverse Fire Modeling Technique." Overholt is a graduate student in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Ezekiel is professor in the mechanical engineering department of the school.

Philip J. DiNenno, president of Hughes Associates, Inc. in Baltimore and an NFPA board member, receive this year's Standards Medal. The award, the highest given by the Standards Council, recognized DiNenno for his contributions to NFPA technical committees, including Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, Merchant Vessels, Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems, Halon Alternative Protection Options, Fire Investigations, and Fire Tests. DiNenno chaired the Standards Council from 2002-2007.

For more information from the conference, visit http://nfpa.typepad.com/conference/.

NFPA also has launched a new website, www.NECconnect.org, for the National Electrical Code® community.

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