[/caption] The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board would like to congratulate National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) officials Gary Keith, vice president of Field Operations and Education, and Russ Sanders, Director of the Central Regional Office for NFPA, for being honored with the grade of “Fellow in the Institution” by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). “Both of these men have worked hard to better fire safety codes and the industry itself,” says Tom Lia. “We commend them for this outstanding achievement and milestone in their careers.” Below is the official announcement from NFPA:

[caption id="attachment_2038" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Russ Sanders"][/caption] NFPA’s Gary Keith and Russell Sanders were recently awarded the grade of “Fellow in the Institution” from the IFE, United States of America Branch, the highest level of membership given by the Institution. The grade of Fellow represents one of the top degrees of authority within the fire engineering community. Keith, vice president of Field Operations and Education, oversees six NFPA divisions and directly manages 13 field offices across the United States and Canada, which support the adoption and use of NFPA codes and standards. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology. [Keith is also chair for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.] Sanders is the Director of the Central Regional Office for NFPA, responsible for promoting the adoption of NFPA codes and standards and the implementation of NFPA’s advocacy projects across nine states. In addition, he serves as the executive secretary to the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and as president of the United States delegation to the International Fire & Rescue Services. He is the former chief of the Louisville, Kentucky Fire Department and received his Master of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Louisville. To become eligible for a Fellow membership, IFE members must demonstrate successful leadership, outstanding service or contribution to the fire engineering profession. Such contributions include work in the areas of science, technology, psychology and physiology, management and law. Recipients are awarded diplomas recognizing their professional accomplishments. Fire engineers assess the hazards and risks of fire, and people’s reaction and behavior to it, in order to protect residents, property and the environment from a fire’s destructive effects. They also participate in post-fire investigations and analysis, and examine and review new designs, construction techniques, building materials and more, to lessen the potential of fire damage. In addition to NFPA staff, Casey Grant, P.E., research director for the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA, and Philip Sittleburg, first vice chair of NFPA’s board of directors, were also awarded the distinction of Fellow by IFE. IFE represents the leading fire service and engineering professionals with over 60 branches and 11,000 members worldwide.