Apparatus & Equipment, Fire Prevention & Protection

FAMA Awards 2012 Scholarship to University of Maryland Student

FAMA Awards 2012 Scholarship to University of Maryland Student

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) has awarded its 2012 Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship to University of Maryland student Kenneth Hamburger

Hamburger, a senior from Baltimore, Maryland majoring in the field of Fire Protection Engineering, received a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the fire service. The award is given annually by FAMA and has been sponsored since 2009 by FAMA member Akron Brass Co., a worldwide manufacturer of high-performance firefighting and rescue equipment. A presentation was made today at the FAMA Technical Committee meeting held in conjunction with the Fire-Rescue International show in Denver, Colorado.

“After finishing his schooling at the University of Maryland, Ken has strong interests in firefighting equipment, and commented that he seriously considers a career in that field. As a prelude to this, in his capacity as lieutenant, he has been involved in the design and in-servicing of two major pieces of fire department apparatus,” said Tammy Laridaen, FAMA Education Committee Co-Chair. “The Education Committee really felt Kenneth’s vision best supports what FAMA is all about.”

“Akron Brass is honored to sponsor the Phillip L. Turner Scholarship. Education is a key part of the philosophy at Akron Brass, and we feel it is our responsibility to provide individuals like Kenneth an opportunity to build the critical skills and knowledge to be successful in life and as leaders within the fire and emergency service industry,” stated Dave Durstine, Vice President/Marketing for Akron Brass.

Kenneth Hamburger is enrolled in a five-year combined bachelor/master’s degree in the field of fire protection engineering. He will complete his Master’s degree portion of the program this fall. Besides his academics, he is also certified as an emergency medical services technician, he is a firefighter, and he holds the position of instructor with the American Heart Association, regularly teaching classes to community members, including CPR and first aid.

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