While listening to the debate about home fire sprinklers from fire safety advocates and those opposed to their installation in new construction is one thing, it's quite another to hear from real people affected by fires where sprinklers could have made a difference.
The National Fire Protection Association has just announced a new campaign called Faces of Fire that allows everyone to hear first-hand accounts from fire victims, including burn survivors, firefighters, and those who lost family members in tragic blazes.
Whatever your personal feelings on the subject of residential fire sprinklers, you owe it to yourself and those we serve to read the stories and watch the video clips.
We all benefit from better understanding the impact of fire on the people in our communities, including our sister and brother firefighters.
About the author
With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel — FireRescue1's editorial advisor — is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.
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