Atlanta Georgia, August 25th, 2011 – The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association has awarded its 2011 Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship to University of Maryland College Park student Chad Lannon. The announcement was made today during the association’s Technical Committee, held in conjunction with the Fire-Rescue International trade show in Atlanta, GA.
Lannon, a sophomore majoring in 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 is sponsored this year by FAMA member Akron Brass Co., a worldwide manufacturer of high-performance firefighting and rescue equipment.
Tom Hudak, President of Akron Brass, announced earlier this year his intention to increase the scholarship award from $3,000 to $5,000 for 2011, noting “Akron Brass and FAMA are committed to support education of our youth. Chad epitomizes the potential of young people with the drive to positively impact our industry.”
Most impressive is Lannon’s commitment to achieving his goals as shown through his willingness to go the extra mile, pay for his college education on his own by taking out loans and working hard. He intends to combine the hands-on firefighting knowledge he has with the fire protection knowledge he will gain at UMD, to further progress firefighting techniques, apparatus and equipment. Chad is currently a Baltimore County firefighter/first responder at Bowley’s Quarters Volunteer Station and is in the process of joining the College Park Volunteer Station. He believes it is a privilege to be involved in the fire protection engineering program, and is most appreciative of this scholarship.
The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association is a non-profit trade association committed to enhancing the quality of the emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient emergency-response vehicles and equipment. For more information, visit www.fama.org.