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Arthur E. Cote, Fire Protection Icon, Awarded AFSA’s Most Esteemed Award


New York, Sep 20, 2006

Arthur E. Cote, executive vice president and chief engineer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has been honored with the Henry S. Parmelee Award—the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) most prestigious mark of distinction. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement and commitment to the advancement of the automatic fire sprinkler industry and fire safety through automatic sprinklers.

Heralded by colleagues as a “fire protection icon,” Cote is widely recognized for his unmatched dedication and accomplishments in furthering fire protection through standards. A former secretary of the NFPA Standards Council, Cote is responsible for the overall administration of NFPA’s codes and standards development process, which span more than 300 fire safety codes and standards in the National Fire Codes. His career spans four decades.

“Art’s tireless and long-standing support of safety standards and the standards development process have had truly far-reaching impact,” said Robert W. Noth, chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors.

“His efforts at the NFPA have without a doubt raised the level of fire safety in the nation,” added S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO.

During the 1980’s Cote played an instrumental role in NFPA tests examining the use of retrofitted sprinklers in homes and hotels. The tests are credited with having promoted public awareness on the importance of automatic sprinkler systems in reducing loss of life in fires.

Cote is also recognized as the driving force behind the development of NFPA’s Standards Information Service and its successor, the National Fire Codes Subscription Service, a search tool of fire protection safety codes and standards.

In addition to his role at the NFPA, Cote serves as president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), chair of the ANSI Board of Director’s Finance Committee, and vice-chair of the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations International. A charter member of the World Organization of Building Officials, he now serves as secretary-treasurer.

Cote is a past recipient of several SFPE awards, including the John A. Ahern President’s Award, the Harold E. Nelson Award, the Hat’s Off Award, and the Richard E. Stevens Award. He was also awarded the University of Maryland’s 1994 Centennial Medal.

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