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Telgian’s Russell Leavitt Honored with the NFPA Committee Service Award

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Telgian’s Russell Leavitt Honored with the NFPA Committee Service AwardTelgian Executive Chairman and NFPA 1st Vice Chair Russell Leavitt was recently honored with the NFPA Committee Service Award. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from NFPA,” says Leavitt. “The association’s steadfast commitment to advancing fire, life, and electrical safety has been helping to save lives and protect property for 125 years. This global force is dedicated to advancing safety worldwide and I am proud to be a part of this important mission.”

As a dedicated volunteer, Leavitt has served on numerous NFPA committees such as the Correlating Committees for Automatic Sprinkler Systems (2008 – present) and Building Code (2003 – 2016). He has also served on the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Technical Committees for Sprinkler System Installation Criteria (2016 – present), Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria (1999 – 2001 and 2012 – present; Chair 2012 – present) and Foam-Water Sprinklers (1998 – 2001), Cultural Resources (2012 – present), Commissioning and Integrated Testing (2011 – present), General Storage (1998 – 2003), Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Systems (1998 – 2020) and Rack Storage (1994 – 1999). He received the Standards Council Special Achievement Award in 2018 for his leadership in the reorganization of NFPA 13.

In addition to serving as NFPA 1st Vice Chair, where he works with the association to deliver safety information, knowledge, and training worldwide, Leavitt has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. He has also been a member of several Board of Directors Committees including Governance and Nominating (2016 – present), Compensation (2015 – present), and Finance (2013 – present).

With almost four decades of industry experience, Leavitt has long been recognized for his expertise, which he shares as a sought-after speaker and presenter. He is a senior instructor for NFPA, AFSA and Fire Smarts and conducts fire and life safety seminars nationally and internationally on a variety of related subjects.

During the course of his career, Leavitt has also authored numerous industry training materials and informational articles including “Fire Safety Codes and Standards: What You Need to Know,” “Understanding Fire Protection Classifications,” “International Fire Sprinkler Opportunity,” and AFSA’s ITM Inspector Development Program.

The NFPA Committee Service Award was presented to Leavitt during the 2021 NFPA Conference which was held virtually.  Other recipients included:

  • Nicholas A. Dawe of Cobb County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Mark W. Drake, Consultant
  • Robert J. James of UL LL
  • Robert Kasiski of FM Global
  • David P. Klein of US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • R. Nerat of National Presto Safety
  • Roland A. Riegel of UL LLC
  • James R. Rocco of Sage Risk Solutions, LLC
  • James J. Rogers
  • Of Towns of Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury
  • Blake M. Shugarman of UL LLC
  • Raymond A. Syms of HeliExperts International LLC
  • Jeffrey S. Tubbs of Arup
  • David B. Wechsler, Consultant


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About Telgian Holdings, Inc.

Telgian Holdings, Inc. is comprised of two business units, Telgian Fire Safety and Telgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC. Combined, they provide comprehensive fire, security, life safety consulting and engineering/design services, partnering with clients to reduce exposure to loss from fire and disasters.

Telgian Fire Safety (TFS) provides innovative solutions that keep facilities safe, compliant and on budget. TFS’s expertise includes Fire Life Safety Systems testing, inspections and repair of Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems, Backflow Systems, Emergency/Exit Lights, Special Hazards, Clean Agent Systems and Fire Alarm Monitoring.

A full-service global engineering and risk consulting firm, Telgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC (TEC), specializes in complex, multi-discipline public and private sector projects. TEC provides professional services related to the protection of people, property, information, and organizational mission against preventable losses such as fire protection engineering, security risk consulting, and emergency management.

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