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During his last speech as NFPA president at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Jim Shannon praised NFPA's role in reducing the global fire problem, but noted the problem hasn't been eliminated. He specifically addressed home fire tragedies and the necessity of home fire sprinklers.
"Those successes have led much of the public with a more jaded view of the cost of fire protection," said Shannon. "To be very blunt, when people were more afraid of fire, there were stronger measures to deal with the problem in the past than today. With residential sprinklers, we deal with an almost dismissive reaction from public officials. The fire statistics have improved, and we should be proud of that. But at NFPA, we’re not satisfied with the progress we’ve made. We want to eliminate all fire deaths, injuries, and property losses."
Read more of Shannon's speech by visiting NFPA's Conference and Expo blog.</span></p>