Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Fred Durso, and if you're an avid reader of NFPA Journal, you may have seen my byline a few times. After serving as Journal's head writer for four years, I'm delighted to be taking on the new role of communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative. I'll be joining a team of stellar NFPA staff members in promoting residential sprinklers while helping to convince key community and state decision-makers and advocates of its benefits.
As you're well aware, sprinkler opponents have orchestrated a tough battle against sprinkler requirements. But NFPA and its array of national and statewide partners across the U.S. refuse to back down. The successes--statewide sprinkler mandates on the books in California and Maryland, for instance--show that it's possible to convince the powers that be that sprinklers are an important lifesaving tool. I'll make a point to highlight all of the relevant sprinkler news via this blog and FSI's monthly e-newsletter. Please take advantage of the numerous resources on the FSI site, and expect some new additions in 2014. Continue to use this information for your own personal edification, or share it with your fellow sprinkler comrades via social media. Spread the word. Keep the momentum going. Let's show the sprinkler opponents that we're in this fight together.
Knowledge is truly power. I promise to keep you as informed as possible with news you can use. If you have something to share that might be worth highlighting, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm always open to suggestions or feedback. (Or even a brief "hello.")
Looking forward to a safe 2014 and beyond,