Jim Dalton (right) accepts the Shannon Advocacy Medal from Immediate Past NFPA Chair Randy Tucker.
Jim Dalton, a well-known and respected advocate for fire safety, received the 2018 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas in recognition for his career-long commitment and passion.
Mr. Dalton began his journey as a volunteer firefighter in Maryland before spending more than 25 years as a career He became a pivotal public safety leader advocating for smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, and other lifesaving systems on a local, state and national level. When his county passed the most comprehensive smoke alarm law in the country, Mr. Dalton traveled the nation helping other jurisdictions to implement similar strategies.
Mr. Dalton was instrumental in pursuing the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act after The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island killed 100. He worked for 15 years to ultimately secure passage as part of the tax reform measures signed into law. The bill provides incentives to small businesses who install sprinklers.
He has been active with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the U.S. Fire Administration, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Mr. Dalton was the founding representative from NFSA to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition from 1997 until 2009. He also served as NFSA’s representative to The Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee and currently serves as Chair of that committee.
The Shannon Advocacy Medal was established in honor of former NFPA President Jim Shannon who was known for his tireless advocacy. Mr. Shannon led NFPA efforts to promote key changes to reduce fire loss, and was a vocal advocate for home fire sprinklers.