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Michael S. Williams
Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

During a week filled with an exorbitant amount of home fires, sprinkler coalition uses media to get its point across

By Fred Durso, Jr. Justin Smith, chair of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition During an eight-day period in September, Casper, Wyoming, had experienced five fires in or adjacent to a home. There were no injuries or fatalities, but “this was…

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Firefighters in Oregon knock on doors for safety

By Lisa Braxton firefighters in Portland, Oregon, conduct home visits in a pilot program launched this week. According to the Portland Tribune, Portland Fire and Rescue crews will conduct home safety inspections for residents requesting them. Firefighters will fan out…

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NFPA and The Home Depot to promote smoke alarm safety in support of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Home Depot are working together to promote the importance of working smoke alarms in support of Fire Prevention Week’s 2014 campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”. Source:: NFPA…

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Car care campaign can include fire safety

By Lisa Braxton October is Fall Car Care Month, when the Car Care Council, AAA motor club, and others remind motorists to have routine maintenance done on their vehicles to help avoid being stranded during harsh winter months. Fall Car…

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Teamwork is centerpiece of smoke alarm installation program

By Lisa Braxton The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and ten area high school football programs are teaming up to save lives in The Volunteer State this fall. Football teams are partnering with their local fire departments to install smoke…

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“Candle” with care during campus fire safety months

By LisaMarie Sinatra Now that we’ve headed into October, you’ve probably noticed the days getting shorter, the air a little chillier, and the leaves changing their colors right before your eyes. These darker, cooler days also trigger our desire to…

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NFPA Standards Council acts to establish a standard for Community Risk Reduction plans

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans. The standard will provide a process for jurisdictions to follow in developing and implementing a Community Risk…

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U.S. Fire Administration documents frequency of deaths associated with home fires

By Fred Durso, Jr. Exactly how frequent are home fires deaths? Consider this: there were 20 residential fire fatalities in the U.S. during the week of September 21 alone. Documenting this information on a weekly basis is the U.S. Fire…

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Fire Prevention Week to be declared in New Hampshire

By Lisa Braxton New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, at the request of State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, has declared October 5-11 Fire Prevention Week. Governor Hassan will be signing the proclamation on Monday, October 6th at 3:00 p.m. at…

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NFPA, Domino’s Pizza kick off Fire Prevention Week campaign in Detroit

By Mike Hazell by NFPA’s Susan McKelvey Domino’s® Pizza officially launched its 7th annual fire safety and pizza delivery campaign yesterday at the Detroit Fire Department with great success. The event kicked off Domino’s continued effort to reinforce the importance…

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