William E. Peterson Honored with the 2024 NFPA Standards Medal

June 17, 2024 – The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) announced that William E. Peterson, senior vice president at Strategic Government Resources, was awarded the 2024 Standards Medal. This prestigious award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of NFPA codes and standards. It is the most distinguished award given by the NFPA Standards Council.

The presentation of the Standards Medal took place at the NFPA Stars at Night awards ceremony during the annual NFPA Conference & Expo® (C&E) in Orlando on Sunday, June 16, 2024.

William Peterson’s nearly six decades of work to secure safety are a testament to his fire and emergency management leadership. His involvement with NFPA dates back to 1977 when he became a Technical Committee Member on Fire Service Training. Peterson’s journey began as a volunteer firefighter and led to his role as a fire chief and emergency management coordinator for the City of Plano, Texas. He was later appointed FEMA Region 6 Administrator, where he led federal emergency management activities across five states.

Peterson has continued his extensive involvement with NFPA, including tenures as a former Standards Council member and a past NFPA Board of Directors member. His involvement continues today, including being the Immediate Past Chair of the Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications.

The 2024 NFPA Stars at Night Gala celebrated 14 individuals or organizations across seven award categories. You can learn more about this year’s recipients by visiting the awards section of the NFPA website.

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