Ruth B. Balser is the State Representative for the 12th Middlesex District, Massachusetts. Now serving her eighth term, she continues to be an independent progressive voice, fighting for the values and priorities of her community. After a nine-year battle to require sprinklers in commercial properties ("It is really one of my proudest accomplishments," she says. "I feel I had a role in saving lives and there is nothing more important that anyone can do."), Rep. Balser is now an active advocate for the expansion of fire sprinkler requirements, including the efforts to extend requirements in the home.
At NFPA's "Bringing Safety Home" fire sprinkler summit in Chicago last month, Rep. Balser explained how she got involved with the issue of fire sprinkler protection.