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Important Recognition for Common Voices

Blog Post created by lorrainecarli Employee on Apr 10, 2009

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Common Voices<span style="FONT-FAMILY: Times New Roman"> the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. Named after retired-Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong advocate of firefighters and rescue personnel during his 36-year career in Congress, the award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#0160; </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Times New Roman">A survivor advocacy group, Common Voices consists of six women who have been sharing their stories of personal loss to advocate for fire sprinklers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#0160; </span>These six advocates have many things in common, but the one that brings them together is the passion to prevent the loss of life to fire. Their lives were all changed when they lost a loved one to fire. Since the group was formed in 2007, they have visited Capitol Hill on many occasions to meet with members of Congress to advocate for the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#0160; </span>They were also actively involved in the adoption of the ICC’s Residential Code in 2008, providing compelling testimony at the ICC hearings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#0160; </span>Most importantly, they travel across the country speaking to citizens and the fire service and local decision makers concerning the devastating effects of uncontrolled fire and how they can help others limit the chances to live out their stories.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Times New Roman">Common Voices advocates are Amy Acton of Michigan, burn survivor and executive director of </span>The Phoenix SocietyAll of these advocates have put together moving video&#39;s that&#0160;include powerful messages on the&#0160;need for&#0160;home fire sprinklers. Here are just a couple. All of them can be viewed at their website .


 







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