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BEST AWARDED FIRE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

 BEST AWARDED FIRE OFFICER OF THE YEAR
 BETHESDA, Md., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- John M. Best, deputy chief


of fire and rescue services in Montgomery County, Md., was presented the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association Fire Officer of the Year Award at the NBFAA annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., for his outstanding fire fighting career since 1966. Best has been Montgomery County fire marshal since 1983 and was promoted to his current rank of deputy chief in 1989.
 Best was instrumental in achieving a mandate for residential fire sprinklers in Montgomery County in updating the county fire safety code and in promoting retroactive requirements for smoke detectors. He works closely with the private security industry in the county to ensure he sees all sides of the fire safety issues.
 Said Brian Smith, president of the National Capitol Alarm Association: "Officer Best's work is truly exceptional. His efforts have made fire alarm and sprinkler systems work for the fire fighting forces in Montgomery County, Md. It is very important that these two groups learn to work with one another. After all, we are fighting the same thing -- fires."
 Best is an instructor, consultant and member of the International Society of Fire Services Instructors. He also is an active member in the Fire Marshals Association of North America, the National Fire Protection Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Operation Life Safety.
 The Fire Officer of the Year Award is presented annually to a fire officer who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community and worked with professional alarm dealers over the course of the past year. Best was flown to Scottsdale for his award presentation in June.
 The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, founded in 1948, is the oldest and largest trade association of the alarm industry. NBFAA represents the owners of more than 2,500 burglar and fire alarm companies.
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 /CONTACT: Deborah Berman of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, 301-907-3202/ CO: National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association ST: Maryland, Arizona IN: SU:


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