Phil Tammaro was only two years old when he was significantly burned in a home fire. His painstaking recovery lasted 39 years, well into his fire service career. However, he refused to let his injuries define him or limit his abilities as a firefighter.
Instead, Tammaro, a member of the Billerica Fire Department in Massachusetts, used his story to exact change. He learned that as a firefighter, his voice is a powerful tool in the push for home fire sprinklers across North America. "It's important that we advocate and increase awareness of fire sprinklers and the benefits of them, not only how they help protect our citizens but keep our firefighters safe," he says. "It's very important that all firefighters champion this and do anything they can to get involved."
* !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c6c98e970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c6c98e970b-120wi|alt=Act-Now-small|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Act-Now-small|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c6c98e970b img-responsive!Watch Tammaro's video above, and help spread his story by:*
- embedding the video into a fire department's website or other website by using this code (<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O4cECT2xvCg?showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>)
- [contacting NFPA | mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org] is you'd like a file of the video to use in a presentation or public outing
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