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Injured veteran who represented Team USA in the Paralympic Games to receive a fully sprinklered home

By Fred Durso, Jr. A sprinkler installer safeguards the new home of veteran Joshua Sweeney. While on his second tour in Afghanistan, Joshua Sweeney was sent airborne after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED). His legs badly injured, he waited two hours for rescue vehicles, which were delayed since they, too, initiated IED explosions en route. The marine sergeant miraculously survived the ordeal, even receiving a Purple Heart for his bravery during war, but lost both of his legs in the aftermath. Sweeney’s loss, though traumatic, wasn’t a game-ender. In fact, the sportsman represented Team USA’s sled hockey team in Sochi, Russia, this…

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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