Phil Tammaro was only two years old when he was significantly burned in a home fire. His painstaking recovery lasted 39 years, well into his fire service career. However, he refused to let his injuries define him or limit his abilities as a firefighter.
Instead, Tammaro, a member of the Billerica Fire Department in Massachusetts, used his story to exact change. He learned that as a firefighter, his voice is a powerful tool in the push for home fire sprinklers across North America. "It's important that we advocate and increase awareness of fire sprinklers and the benefits of them, not only how they help protect our citizens but keep our firefighters safe," he says. "It's very important that all firefighters champion this and do anything they can to get involved."
Tammaro is now a member of NFPA's Faces of Fire, a component of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative that underscores the human impact of fire and the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers. (NFPA linked up with Tammaro through partnering organization the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.) Since firefighters have an up-close-and-personal interaction with fire, Tammaro is using this platform to convince North American fire service members that their voice is a crucial tool in convincing decision makers of the necessity of sprinklers in new homes.
- copying and pasting the YouTube URL into a Facebook post or Twitter tweet
- embedding the video into a fire department's website or other website by using this code (<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O4cECT2xvCg?showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>)
- contacting NFPA is you'd like a file of the video to use in a presentation or public outing