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Michael Johnston Receives NFPA Richard G. Biermann Award

Jun 6, 2022

Michael J. Johnston, NECA Executive Director of Codes and Standards, was presented the Richard G. Biermann Award for his contributions to the electrical construction industry at the 2022 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo in Boston. His efforts in evaluating and implementing the standards from the National Electrical Code (NEC) make him a crucial figure to secure quality performance for electrical installations.

The Richard G. Biermann Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to actively contributing to the advancement of the NEC by furthering its development and promoting its implementation. 

Johnston’s achievements personify the NFPA mission of reducing loss from fire, electrical, and other hazards. His efforts representing the electrical contracting industry in codes and standards are acclaimed for making construction a safer place through broad and far-reaching contributions. In addition to his duties, Johnston currently serves as the Chair of the NFPA Electrical Section. 

Recognition from the NFPA is represented by maintaining and upholding the values of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem, the eight-component system that serves as a framework for keeping people and property safe from persistent challenges and emerging issues.

Jim Pauley, NFPA CEO and President, and Amy Acton, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors CEO, presented Johnston with the award Sunday night, June 5.

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