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Powerful op-ed on child fire deaths also makes a poignant plea for sprinklers

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Por Fred Durso, Jr.

Pam Elliott, before and after a house fire that burned her when she was five years old (Fotos: courtesy of Common Voices)

To curb the more than 200 annual deaths of children killed in car backup incidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be requiring all light vehicles to haverear view visibility systems,” according to a recent USA Today article. What had prompted the mandatory installation of these cameras, states the story, wasoutcryfrom consumer groups and families impacted by these tragedies.

While lauding the new requirement, burn survivor Pam Elliott is frustrated by the slow process and pushback against a similarand provensafety measure in homes, where children under 14 account for 15 percent of fire deaths, per NFPA’sHome Structure Firesreport. Moreover, children under five have historically faced a higher risk of fire death than the overall population. “What makes me angry is that the technology to prevent these deaths and injuries existthey’re called fire sprinklers,” states an op-ed by Elliott, a member of the newly formed North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition and Common Voices, a network of fire safety advocates. Elliott was burned in a house fire when she was five years old. “The technology exists.

Elliott also uses her op-ed to make a plea for fire prevention. “I only hope that comparing these statistics will somehow motivate fellow safety advocates and the fire service to take action,” she states. “We need to stand united in the message that fire sprinklers save the lives of both citizens and firefighters.

Read Elliott’s full op-ed.

Fuente:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams fundó el Instituto de Formación de Servicios de Bomberos en 1995 para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos que enfrenta el servicio de bomberos voluntarios. Él ha sido un miembro activo de la Asociación de Bomberos del Estado de California (SCAF) desde 1994, habiendo sido miembro de los comités de voluntarios y de relaciones públicas, y como subdirector división del sur. Se sienta en varias organizaciones locales, incluyendo el Consejo de Protección de Bomberos del Condado de Santa Barbara, los Tres Condados de Responsables de Capacitación de la Asociación, De Santa Barbara capítulo de CAER y es miembro fundador del grupo de Santa Bárbara PIO Emergencia Información Pública Comunicaciones (ÉPICO). Ha sido el autor de muchos artículos y columnista de un periódico local en materia de seguridad pública. Él es también el co-anfitrión de alerta comunitaria sobre KZSB AM-1290 en Santa Bárbara. Williams ha sido miembro de la Junta de Servicios de Bomberos del Estado de California desde 2008. Antes de involucrarse en el servicio de bomberos voluntarios, Williams era un oficial de policía de California para 12 ½ años y un Oficial de Entrenamiento de Campo Correo Certificado. Él es un investigador privado con licencia y consultor de seguridad especializada en auto asegurado, asignaciones de defensa del gobierno y de seguros.


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