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Ruth Balser
Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser is a longtime proponent of home fire sprinklers. During today’s NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham, Rep. Balser said a key to getting things accomplished is building relationships and offered tips on how to best communicate with lawmakers. She also underscored the value of a strong coalition and local media involvement in successful advocacy efforts. “At the end of the day, many home fire deaths are preventable. And yes, sprinklers have a cost, but how do you put a cost on a human life?” she said.

Pam Elliott 2

Pam Elliott's voice has become a powerful tool in the push for sprinkler requirements. Burned over 50% of her body during a house fire when she was five years old, she has turned her personal tragedy into a national campaign for home fire safety. 

Elliott was a featured speaker at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Durham on November 13. “I’m here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and those most vulnerable in house fires: infants, children, the elderly, and the disabled,” says Elliott, a part-time nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Elliot, who recently joined the newly-formed North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was also recently commended for an op-ed she wrote on Firefighternation.com where she expressed her frustration in the slow process and pushback against home fire sprinklers. 

Pam Elliot

Read a feature about Pam Elliott's advocacy efforts in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

FSI Summit dinner
Protecting lives and saving property from fire through the installation of sprinklers in new homes is the topic at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Raleigh, NC. About 60 attendees, representing the fire service, local government, public safety and other organizations, have gathered for a one-day meeting to network, brainstorm, share best practices, and discuss challenges associated with local and state efforts to bring about sprinkler requirements for new one- and two-family homes. 

Mary Regan and Ruth Balser

Chief Mary Regan of the Westfield, MA, Fire Department, and Chair of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and Massachusetts State Representative Ruth Balser.

John Caufield and Jerry DeLuca

NFPA Regional Director John Caufield and Jerry DeLuca, Executive Director/CEO of the New York Associaition of Fire Chiefs.

Danny Beeler and Bob Duval

 Fire Marshal Danny Beller of the Knoxville, TN, Fire Department, and NFPA Regional Director Robert Duval.

Debbie Doke Bob Doke and Danny Salts

Debbie Doke, Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Bob Doke, and Fire Marshal Danny Salts of Owasso, OK.

Don Corkery and Tim Travers

Don Corkery of the New York Association of Fire Chiefs and NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers.

Kevin Lauer and Kingman Schuldt

Kevin Lauer of the Municipal Tennessee Advisory Service and Kingman Schuldt, president of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.

Cindy Giedraitis and Fred Durso

 Cindy Giedraitis of the National Fire Sprinkler Association and NFPA Communications Manager Fred Durso.

Randy Safer Joe Delaune Kelly Ransdell

NFPA Regional Director Randy Safer, Joe Delaune of the Louisiana State Fire Marshals Office, and Kelly Ransdell of the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Jim Pauley Vicki Pritchett Lorraine Carli

NFPA President Jim Pauley, Vickie Pritchett of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy.

Thomas Mawson and Ben Hammond

Thomas Mawson of the Center for Public Safety Excellence in Chantilly, VA, and Fire Marshal Ben Hammond of the Sheridan, AR, Fire Department.

Jeff Hudson and John PIzzi

NFPA Residential Fire Sprinkler Specialist Jeff Hudson and John Pizzi, President of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts.

Mike Hazell Peg Paul

NFPA Web Publisher Mike Hazell and Peg Paul of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

This is the second home fire sprinkler summit that NFPA has hosted this year. Last May, about 50 people attended a Fire Sprinkler Initiative summit in Denver

Watch this blog for more updates from the Raleigh summit.

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