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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 survivor Pamela Elliott for her op-ed addressing those at highest risk of dying in a fire, particularly children. In a recent news release, these groups commended Elliott, a member of the North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition, for underscoring the alarming number of home fire injuries and deaths and making a passionate plea for sprinkler requirements. “Pam’s voice is important in the debate to show…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

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.


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