Fire Protection Research Foundation
(Foundation), an affiliate of the
National Fire Protection
(NFPA), announced winners of the 2014 William M. Carey and
Ronald K. Mengel awards. The award winners were selected by
participants at the Foundation’s 2014 Suppression, Detection and
Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET). Awards will be
presented to the winners at the 2015 SUPDET Symposium.
The 2014 Ronald K. Mengel Award for outstanding detection paper is
False Alarms–A Case Study of Selected European Countries” by
Lance Rütimann. Rütimann, who has been
involved in the fire safety and electronic security industry for more
than 27 years, has international experience ranging across service,
product management, strategic sales, and marketing and management. He is
currently an Industry Affairs’ senior manager at Siemens Building
Technologies headquartered in Switzerland.
The late Mengel served for many years as the vice
president of industry affairs of the system sensor division of
Honeywell Corporation as part of his long and distinguished career in
fire protection. He was instrumental in Honeywell’s efforts in
industry-sponsored research and training. Mengel contributed to a number
of Foundation projects and served on the Foundation’s Fire Detection
and Alarm Research Advisory Council.
The 2014 William M. Carey Award for best suppression paper was awarded to
Tom Multer and
Christina F. Francis for
Protection Using Horizontal Barriers and Large K-Factor, Extended Coverage
Francis, who serves as Fire Protection Engineer for Procter
& Gamble, has international experience on a variety of industrial
projects including design, construction management, and loss prevention.
Multer, responsible for new product development and the Technical
Services Group at Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company, Inc., has worked
in the fire sprinkler industry for 42 years, including serving on
numerous NFPA sprinkler-related technical committees.
The late Carey, a senior staff engineer at
Underwriters Laboratories Inc., participated in many Foundation fire
suppression projects, including the first
The National Quick Response Sprinkler Project. Throughout his
career, he was often known for being "the bridge" between research and
application of new fire safety knowledge.