During the Awards Banquet of the Annual Texas Fire Marshal's Association (TXFMA) Conference, the University of Houston Fire Marshal's Office was presented with the 2019 Achievement of Excellence Bronze Level Award. TXFMA President John Erskine said that he is "excited and proud to present this Bronze Level Award to the University of Houston Fire Marshal's Office, whose hard work in fire prevention activities has earned such a prestigious award through their dedication and professionalism." He went on to say that these traits are the "cornerstone of this award, association and its members."
Established in 2008, the Achievement of Excellence in Fire Prevention Award (AEFP Award) is presented annually to recognize organizations for performance excellence in fire prevention. Submissions are open to all County, Municipal and University Fire Marshal Offices. All agencies submitting an application are evaluated on the following eight categories:
- Authority, organization, and ethics
- Fire and life safety programs
- Performance metrics and CQI programs
- Web-based communications and automation
- Certification, education, and development
- Professional organizations
- Fire prevention legislation or ordinances
- Task force and other cooperative programs
The University of Houston is the first University fire marshal's office to ever earn this award. Malcolm Davis, AVP of Campus Safety, lauded the achievement, saying that he is "very proud of the UH Fire Marshal's Office and pleased that their hard work and dedication to fire prevention hasbeen recognized by their peers state wide."