On behalf of the AFSA Board of Directors and staff, we thank Roland Huggins, P.E. for serving members since 1996, most recently as AFSA’s Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services. Huggins began his employment with AFSA as Director of Technical Services, later serving as the Department’s Vice President. His primary roles have included defining technical positions for AFSA, directing the effort to improve the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that drive the installation and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems covering 28 NFPA standards, and providing oversight to AFSA’s Technical Services Department.
“I want to thank Roland for all of his years of service to AFSA,” says AFSA Chair of the Board Wayne Weisz. “He has been an instrumental part of the growth of this Association. Under his leadership, our technical department has become nationally recognized as one of the leaders in our industry.”
A graduate of the University of Maryland and registered in Fire Protection Engineering, Huggins served on the NFPA Standards Council, served as a member of multiple NFPA technical committees, and participated in editing the Sprinkler Handbook and the Fire Protection Handbook. Over the years, he has also been involved in UL Standard Technical Panels, the NFPA Research Foundation, and NICET. In 2019, Huggins was awarded the NFPA Committee Service Award for his long-term work on the development of NFPA standards.
We are grateful for Roland’s many contributions to the fire sprinkler industry and wish him well in his new endeavors.