NFPA recognized Ann Jones with the 2017 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal
NFPA is accepting applications for the 2018 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes outstanding efforts that take a firm stance on fire and life safety issues.
The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal was established in honor of former NFPA President James Shannon. Under his leadership, NFPA significantly advanced its mission of protecting the general public and members of the fire service by working towards key changes to reduce fire loss. Shannon, for example, was a vocal advocate for home fire sprinklers and intensified NFPA’s efforts to support requirements for this technology. The award honors other advocates involved in activities that help advance NFPA’s mission: to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion.
Last year's recipient was Ann Jones. In 2007, Jones headed a legislative proposal that would give the country of Wales authority to ensure that all new homes are fitted with automatic fire sprinklers. She worked diligently to get cross-party support for sprinklers, sought out skeptical legislators, educated them on safety benefits, and won over the fire and rescue service with her enthusiasm and belief. The sprinkler law passed in 2011, making Wales the first country to pass a nationwide requirement and providing a model for all jurisdictions to follow.
Nominations are open to members of the fire service or any other person or group advocating for a cause pertaining to fire and life safety. Candidates who have collaborated with NFPA and beyond to help spread the reach of their efforts are strongly encouraged to apply.
The nomination application, which includes all award criteria and is available for download on NFPA’s site, is due February 23, 2018 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The award recipient will be honored at NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Las Vegas in June. NFPA will cover the recipient’s travel and lodging. Please nominate someone today.