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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.

Spread the word about FPW through social media

By Lisa Braxton Social networking has become one of the most popular ways for people to communicate these days. According to surveys, about half of all adults in the United States use Facebook and similar sites. Get your Fire Prevention…

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

By Mike Hazell by NFPA’s Susan McKelvey For the seventh consecutive year, NFPA and Domino’s Pizza are teaming up to make families safer during Fire Prevention Week. In select markets, customers who order from participating Domino’s stores may be surprised…

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Media professional Brad Phillips shares advocacy tips for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative

By Fred Durso, Jr. Allow me to introduce Brad Phillips, a media guru who knows how to convey the right messages to the right audiences. Before founding Phillips Media Relations, a media and presentation training communications firm, Phillips developed compelling…

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FPW banners are dotting the landscape

By Lisa Braxton Anyone who drives into the village of Wauregan, Connecticut, past the Atwood Hose Fire Company where one of NFPA’s regional directors, Robert Duval, is chief, will likely notice the brightly colored Fire Prevention Week banner suspended between…

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Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, promotes working smoke alarms

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Sparky the Fire Dog®, NFPA’s official mascot, are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ). For the seventh consecutive year, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery will deliver fire safety messages from…

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Remembering When workshop is featured at conference

By Lisa Braxton State fire marshal Steven Coan spoke about the importance of the Senior Safe Program in helping older adults live safely in their homes. Hundreds of fire and life safety educators, primarily from the Northeast, have convened in…

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NFPA and Domino’s mark seven consecutive years of fire safety awareness with FPW kickoff event

By Lauren Backstrom NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza for the 7th consecutive year, this Fire Prevention Week. During Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year’s…

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Stubborn fire at marketplace linked to smoking materials

By Lisa Braxton One of my favorite gourmet shops had a fire recently. According to the Weymouth News, Previte’s Marketplace in East Weymouth, Massachusetts, sustained more than $25,000 in damage. Officials say the stubborn fire was caused by careless disposal…

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In a state requiring home fire sprinklers, fire chief underscores how systems are saving lives

By Fred Durso, Jr. California is one of two states requiring sprinklers in new dwellings, and a recent sprinkler operation in Rancho Sante Fe illuminates the many benefits of these installations. A news item in the recent issue of Fire…

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FPW offers safety coordinator a library of topics

By Lisa Braxton The employees at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Albany, California, know to check the bulletins posted around their workplace every couple of weeks for the latest fire safety information. Safety Coordinator Elizabeth MacGowan rotates topics based on…

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