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Marion Body Works President Dies in Crash
James M. Simpson, 51, the president and chief executive officer of Marion Body Works, was killed in a motor vehicle crash on Oct. 4.
Simpson had been president and chief executive officer of the WI-based maker of fire and rescue apparatus for the past several years, sharing the control of the family owned company with his brother-in-law, Curt Ignacio, who is the company’s co-president and chief operating officer. Simpson’s father, Vinson (Bud), and the late Elizabeth (Betty) Simpson purchased Marion Body Works in 1980.
Under his guidance, Marion Body Works has expanded its line of apparatus from primarily rescue vehicles to pumpers, tankers and now aerials as well. The business has grown from a regional builder, to one of national prominence.
Simpson leaves behind his wife, Lynne, of 26 years and three sons, as well as his father, sister and extended family members.
Fire Protection Research Foundation to Study Cooking-Related Fires
Cooking equipment-related fires are the leading cause of U.S. fire loss, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). During the five-year-period of 2006-2010, cooking equipment was involved in an average of 157,300 reported home structure fires, with associated losses of 380 civilian deaths, 4,920 civilian injuries and $794 million in direct property damage per year.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation an affiliate of NFPA, with a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is addressing this concern. Through the remainder of 2012 and throughout 2013, the Foundation will support a research project, Development of Standard Cooking Fire Scenarios and Candidate Test Methods for Evaluating Cooking Fire Mitigation Technologies, to examine three main areas of cooking-related fires, and develop an action plan towards improving overall cooking fire safety. The project will focus on the development of the means for implementing prevention technologies that are suitable for use on or with home cooking appliances. The three categories of cooking-related fires to be studied are: fires starting in a pot or pan on a burner; fires due to food spillage onto a burner; and products such as utensils, oven mitts and other items that catch fire on or near a burner.
This grant-funded research project report is slated for completion by the end of 2013, and will be made available through the Foundation’s website (http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=242&URL=Research/Fire%20Protection%20Research%20Foundation&cookie_test=1).
NFFF Receives $1 Million Grant
The safety of our nation’s firefighters will continue to improve thanks to a $1 million federal grant to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). The grant will help support the Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home® program, which educates firefighters about preventing line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
The grant is awarded from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The AFG provides funding each year to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations that are unaffiliated with hospitals.
“The Foundation is grateful to receive this grant so that we can continue our mission of honoring our nation’s fallen firefighters and their survivors by helping others to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries,” said Chief Ronald J. Sianicki, executive director of the NFFF. “These funds will enable us to further reach members of the fire service with vital information and resources so that they can do their jobs safely and effectively.”
Everyone Goes Home is a national education and training program to help reduce the number of line-of-duty deaths and injuries that occur each year. The program was created to support the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (FLSI) that were developed during the 2004 Firefighter Life Safety Summit in Tampa.
For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Everyone Goes Home, visit www.everyonegoeshome.com.