Images of firefighter Phil Tammaro's injuries flashed on screens filling one of NFPA's conference rooms. Photos showcased burns on his legs he sustained at two years old during a 1971 home fire. For four decades, doctors had to treat these burns.
NFPA staff had mixed reactions to the images; some turned away while others couldn't take their eyes off the screens. However, they collectively applauded Tammaro for sharing his story in the hopes of increasing safety at home.
Tammaro is one of NFPA's newest Faces of Fire, a component of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative that humanizes today's home fire problem and necessity for fire sprinklers in all new homes. Since NFPA released his video last year, Tammaro has been promoting these devices as a component to his work as a fire and life safety educator with the Billerica Fire Department in Massachusetts. He's also sharing his story via his involvement with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Watch the following video underscoring how Tammaro didn't let his burn injuries stop him from fulfilling his dreams, and why he now champions for home fire sprinklers: