Maryland State Fire Marshal Bill Barnard is the recipient of the 2012 Bringing Safety Home Award. Every year, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative®: Bringing Safety Home (FSI) jointly recognize the efforts of fire chiefs who use HFSC's educational materials and FSI resources to advocate for home fire sprinkler requirements in one- and two-family dwellings.
“As State Fire Marshal and a member of Maryland's Residential Sprinkler Initiative Committee, Bill spent countless hours educating key stakeholders and attending hearings. His efforts played a major role in passing legislation that requires the installation of home fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes along with a law that eliminates the option to opt out of the requirement” says Gary Keith, Vice President of NFPA’s Field Operations and Chair of HFSC.
The award will be presented during the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) 2012 at the Fire and Life Safety Section meeting on August 2nd.