NFPA establishes the James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal
June 9, 2014 – In recognition of outstanding leadership, vision and commitment to reducing fire loss through advocacy, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) honored outgoing NFPA President James M. Shannon with the first James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal. The special honor was presented to Shannon today at NFPA’s 2014 Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the fire loss problem through advocacy. The Medal Selection Committee considers several criteria, including the impact of the individual’s efforts toward NFPA’s mission, reducing fire loss, and the extent to which the efforts are collaborative beyond NFPA.
“Jim has been an outstanding leader at NFPA and he exemplifies advocacy that holds lasting impact,” said Philip C. Stittleburg, chairman of NFPA and chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council. “In honor of his great legacy, NFPA is proud to establish and award to Jim the James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal.”
Shannon will conclude his 12-year tenure as NFPA president in June with an exceptional record of advocacy to reduce fire loss. Under his leadership, NFPA has considerably advanced its mission of fire safety, better protecting the general public and members of the fire service.
Shannon spearheaded the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, which quickly led to every state passing legislation requiring that cigarettes meet a specific fire safety standard. In collaboration with the fire service and others, this initiative will save hundreds of lives including the lives of firefighters who are at risk every time they respond to a cigarette related fire.
Following the success of the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, Shannon intensified NFPA’s work to advocate for mandating home fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes, another critical safeguard to enhance public safety and better protect our nation’s fire service.
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