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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.

Latest edition of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter now available

By Fred Durso, Jr. When Fire Chief Robert Gorvett proposed a residential sprinkler ordinance, opponents immediately attacked the idea. Gorvett, however, never backed down, and using a series of sprinkler advocacy tools, he eventually won support for the requirement. Learn…

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Nebraska governor signs FPW proclamation

By Lisa Braxton Fire service representatives from several local departments in Nebraska, officials from the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office, Nebraska Forest Service, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gathered at the state capitol as Governor Dave Heineman signed the Fire Prevention…

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Firefighters urge fire safety while cooking

By LisaMarie Sinatra I came across a couple of news stories that I wanted to share. Both highlight firefighters and their messages to residents about cooking fire safety. The first story comes from WALB News 10 out of Albany, Georgia…

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Burn survivor gets recognition from fire safety groups for her pointed op-ed on home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Pamela Elliott, before and after a house fire burned her when she was five years old. NFPA, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, and the advocacy coalition Common Voices have commended burn…

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Plans for Fire Prevention Week plans are heating up! Read on to learn how…

By Susan McKelvey Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is just around the corner – October 5-11 to be exact. Here’s an overview of what’s heating up for this year’s campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” In coordination…

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

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) for more than 90 years, is gearing up to officially kick off this year’s campaign, October 5-11, 2014. The theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:…

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NFPA and other residential sprinkler advocates convene for a sprinkler installation at two Habitat For Humanity homes

By Fred Durso, Jr. Staunch supporters of home fire sprinklers recently assembled at the construction site of two homes in Hanover, Massachusetts, offering their assistance with the sprinkler installation while underscoring the life-saving aspects of these systems. NFPA collaborated with…

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NFPA and other national fire safety organizations commend burn survivor’s op-ed on home fire sprinklers

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has joined the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, and Common Voices in commending burn survivor Pamela Elliott, R.N., B.S.N. for her pointed op-ed on the necessity of home fire sprinklers.…

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Partying, drinking and cooking a recipe for disaster

By LisaMarie Sinatra Everyone loves a good party, but it’s important to remember that safety remains the priority of the day when you choose to host friends, there is drinking involved and you want to serve food. Throughout September and…

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Home insurer, homebuilder, and fire service emphasize residential sprinklers during exhibit

By Fred Durso, Jr. Tractors and, somewhat surprisingly, home fire sprinklers got the attention of the public during Ontario’s recent International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. “Looks like a small hockey puck!” said an intrigued visitor eyeing a concealed sprinkler…

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