Fire does not discriminate”: Mayor’s death rattles community


By Fred Durso, Jr.

Late last month, Rick Davis, mayor of Caruthersville, Missouri, died of apparent smoke inhalation from a fire in his home. A news report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch states he was on the job for only a few months before his death. (He also served a term several years ago, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.)

Davis is the third official to die in office in recent years, per the article. The tragic nature of his deathcoupled with the fact that he was the 31st fire victim in Missouri this yearprompted an opinion piece by Chris Gaut, regional manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association. He notes that in 2011 property loss from residential fires totaled an estimated $45 million. “Despite this loss, Missouri is still resisting sprinkler systems in one- and two-family homes,” states Gaut.

Gaut adds that Davisdeath will hopefully remind the public of the realities of fire and the impact sprinklers can have in protecting lives. “I can only hope that the silver lining in the tragic loss of such a prominent and well-respected community member like Mr. Davis is that his death will serve as a reminder that fire does not discriminate, and can strike at any time and in any type of home.

Learn how Missouri sprinkler advocates are combating fire deathsvisit the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition webpage.

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams a fondé l'Institut de formation des services d'incendie en 1995 pour trouver des solutions aux défis auxquels est confronté le service de pompiers volontaires. Il a été un membre actif de California State Association des pompiers (CSF) depuis 1994, ayant servi aux bénévoles et comités de relations publiques, et en tant que directeur adjoint de la division sud. Il est membre de plusieurs organisations locales, y compris le comté de Santa Barbara incendie Conseil Safe, les agents de formation trois comtés 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.

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