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Do you know Paul Machado? We introduced him to our growing army of sprinkler advocates earlier this year, the first in a series of new Faces of Fire profiles highlighting fire service members impacted by fire. A Massachusetts resident and member of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Machado is now using his powerful story to exact change in his state.
A couple Massachusetts newspapers have picked up his op-ed on how the aftermath of a home fire in 2013 ended his friend's firefighting career, left him with debilitating injuries, and how it all could have been avoided if home fire sprinklers had been present. Machado also discussed his support for two Massachusetts sprinkler bills that would give local towns and cities the option to require fire sprinklers in new homes. "I’m hoping the Massachusetts Legislature will also do its part to prevent the travesties of home fires from occurring," he wrote in his op-ed.
Since his Faces of Fire debut, Machado has also testified in support of these bills before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. "After a painful recovery, I realized that I was given a second chance at life," he stated. "Advocating for home fire sprinklers has become a part of that second chance."
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Watch and share the following video of Machado produced through a collaboration with NFPA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. And please realize your voice can be as equally powerful. Follow Machado's lead and write a quick op-ed to your local media in support of fire sprinklers. Not a writer? No problem. Use this template from NFPA. (If you're not a fire service member, simply edit out those words and craft a title that best suits you.)
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