NFSA Announces 2010 Annual Award Winners

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Ausmus Marburger Named Recipient of the Association's Highest Honor -- the Golden Sprinkler Award

Each of these gentlemen have dedicated a life's work to the development and advancement of the fire sprinkler industry. It will be an honor to be in their presence at next year's annual seminar in Chicago where they will receive well deserved recognition by an audience of their peers.

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., Awards Committee announced today that it has named Ausmus Marburger of Fire Protection Industries in Bensalem, Pennsylvania as the 2010 recipient of the Golden Sprinkler Award, the association's highest honor. Aus is a Past Chairman of NFSA's Board of Directors, a position held 2002 - 2006, during which time he made many contributions to the fire sprinkler industry, including playing an integral role in the formation of the Common Voices Coalition - a group of fire survivors turned fire sprinkler advocates.

The committee also named Jerome Pepi, Vice President of Research and Development (ret.) of Grinnell's Fire Protection Products Division, as recipient of the Technical Service Award. Jerry was granted numerous patents over the years for developments advancing fire sprinkler and water mist systems technologies.

The Leadership in Public Safety Award will be presented to Ron Coleman and Don Pamplin. Ron is a former California State Fire Marshal, noted columnist, highly sought after keynote speaker and staunch fire sprinkler industry supporter. He is responsible for many of the residential fire sprinkler ordinances in place today throughout the state of California. Don is a former Fire Chief for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia where his work at gaining the city's residential fire sprinkler ordinance is legendary. He now serves as NFSA's Pacific Northwest Regional Manager where he continues on a mission of public safety through advancement of the fire sprinkler concept.

"The Awards Committee could not have made better selections this year," said NFSA President John Viniello. He added, "Each of these gentlemen have dedicated a life's work to the development and advancement of the fire sprinkler industry. It will be an honor to be in their presence at next year's annual seminar in Chicago where they will receive well deserved recognition by an audience of their peers."

The award presentations will be made during NFSA's Annual Seminar scheduled for April 15 - 16, 2010 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Registration materials will be available toward the beginning of the year. Updates will be posted at the NFSA website at http://www.nfsa.org as they become available.

About the National Fire Sprinkler Association
Established in 1905, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is the voice of the fire sprinkler industry. NFSA leads the drive to get life-saving fire sprinklers into all buildings; provides support and resources for its members - fire sprinkler contractors, manufacturers and suppliers; and educates authorities having jurisdiction of fire control matters. Headquartered in Patterson, N.Y., NFSA has regional operations offices throughout the country. http://www.nfsa.org.

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