Laurie Christensen and Rachel Moreno with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office receive the 2018 Fire Sprinkler Leadership Award
The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition honored two advocates during the Texas Fire Marshal's Association Conference in October. Both received the 2018 Fire Sprinkler Leadership Award and are no strangers to fire sprinkler advocacy.
Chief Chris Connealy
Connealy served as the Texas state fire marshal from 2012 to 2018. During his leadership; Connealy conquered many challenges, including the West Texas Ammonium Nitrate Explosion. He was a powerful voice for firefighter safety and took to the road, visiting each of the 68 Texas counties that have fertilizer plants. Connealy has also been a vocal advocate for fire sprinklers in homes and all other occupancies.
Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office
From October 2017 to September 2018, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office highlighted 14 fire sprinkler activations. Under the supervision of Chief Laurie Christensen, Public Information Officer Rachel Moreno produced news releases for each sprinkler save that were published by Houston/Harris County local media.
Roland Garcia, co-chair of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and NFPA Regional Manager Bob Sullivan presented the awards to the recipients during the conference.
Interested in recognizing a fire sprinkler advocate in your area? Nominate them for the NFPA/Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Bringing Safety Home Award. The recipient will receive $1,000 to fund local fire sprinkler education/advocacy efforts. Nominations are due November 30.