The American Burn Association (ABA) recently honored firefighter Phil Tammaro, a recent addition to the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's Faces of Fire Campaign, with its Burn Prevention Award. The accolade honors contributions to burn prevention that have a worldwide, nationwide, or statewide impact and has a major influence in shaping the careers of other burn prevention workers.
Significantly injured from a home fire when he was only two years old, Tammaro is now a vocal advocate for home fire sprinklers. He has spent the better part of the last four decades recovering from his burn injuries and lending his voice to national burn prevention efforts, including the necessity of sprinkler requirements in new homes. Tammaro has also served as a public fire and life safety educator for the Billerica, Massachusetts, Fire Department.
Helping burn survivors of all ages cope with their injuries has been a passion of Tammaro's. He has played a vital role in developing peer-support programs for Boston's Shriners Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital. Most recently, Tammaro became the project manager for the International Association of Fire Fighter's Charitable Foundation Burn Fund's Youth Firesetting Database. This system collects vital data on firesetting behavior.
Taking the issue of home fire sprinklers seriously, Tammaro is also a member of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which educates and advocates for this life-saving technology statewide.
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