Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association Selects Fire Service Veteran for 2022 Fire Safety Advocate Award

H. “Butch” Browning, Jr. Recognized for Dedication to Fire Safety

CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 3, 2022) – The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association has selected H. “Butch” Browning for its 2022 Fire Safety Advocate Award. Browning is the executive director of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and recent past Louisiana State Fire Marshal.

The annual Fire Safety Advocate Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the safety of the public through innovative efforts, including legislative, educational, enforcement or other effective means.

After personally witnessing the destructive power of fire as a young child and becoming a burn victim, Browning decided to dedicate his life to fire safety. Today, more than 34 years later, he has served in all levels of the fire service.

“Butch Browning has devoted his entire life to public safety and service in a pursuit to protect the lives and property of others,” said Guy Jones, president of the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. “The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association thanks Butch for his dedication, and we congratulate him on this award.”

Browning entered public service as a sheriff’s deputy for East Baton Rouge Parish and later taught firefighting techniques as an adjunct professor at LSU. Prior to his appointment as Louisiana State Fire Marshal, he served as Fire Chief for the District 6 Fire Department in Baton Rouge and as the City of Gonzales Fire Chief.

A proud Eagle Scout, Browning is also Past President of the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association, Past President of the National Association of State Fire Marshals, and Past President of the Louisiana Arson and Fire Prevention Association.

Browning was presented with the 2022 Fire Safety Advocate Award during the annual NASFM conference on August 1, 2022, in New Orleans, La.

H. “Butch” Browning, Jr. receives 2022 Fire Safety Advocate Award

PHOTO: H. “Butch” Browning, Jr. (center) receives the 2022 Fire Safety Advocate Award from Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association president, Guy Jones (right), and code consultant, Dwayne Garriss (left).

About the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
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