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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced that four individuals will share the prestigious Phillip J. DiNenno Prize for the groundbreaking development and deployment of Water Mist Fire Suppression Technology. The winners of the 2023 DiNenno Prize are Göran Sundholm, Gerard (Jerry) Back, Jack Mawhinney, and Magnus Arvidson.
Water mist fire technology emerged approximately 30 years ago as a response to the need for a safer, more effective, and environmentally sustainable fire suppression method to replace ozone-depleting halon gas systems. Initially designed for use as a fixed fire protection system in confined spaces on marine vessels, this innovative technology has now become essential for safeguarding places where traditional fire suppression systems could cause significant water damage, such as cultural heritage sites, art galleries, passenger rail cars, and commercial computer and data storage rooms.
With roots in research going back to the 1950s, the modern story of the development of water mist technology as a new fire suppression system is a testament to innovation in fire protection, and this year’s DiNenno Prize winners each played a crucial role in its advancement. The Prize Selection Committee acknowledged the invaluable contributions made by the awardees in developing, testing, enhancing, and deploying water mist technology.
The Philip J. DiNenno Prize is a distinguished honor recognizing pioneering innovations that significantly impact building, fire, and electrical safety. The prize includes a monetary award of $50,000 and is named in honor of the late Philip J. DiNenno, former CEO of Hughes Associates, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to fire safety.
The award will be officially presented to this year’s recipients at the NFPA “Stars at Night” award ceremony during the annual NFPA Conference & Expo (C&E) in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 18.
In addition, there will be a special panel presentation on the role fire mist systems play in fire protection at C&E on Monday morning, June 19, at 8:00 a.m. Göran Sundholm, Gerard Back, Jack Mawhinney, and Magnus Arvidson will all participate as panelists.