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Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award


Fire Sprinkler Initiative presents first Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award to Tom Lia

Jim Shannon and Tom Lia
NFPA President Jim Shannon congratulates Tom Lia (right), executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, who was named the recipient of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s first "Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award". The award, which was presented at NFPA's 2013 "Bringing Safety Home" Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, recognized Mr. Lia's dedication to increasing the presence of sprinklers in residences.

“Tom is a terrific example of what this effort is – passionate, driven individuals working all across the country to save lives and property from fire with the proven, effective technology of fire sprinklers,” said NFPA President Jim Shannon. “As a result of his leadership, hard work and dedication, more than 80 communities in Illinois have adopted NFPA 13D single-family home fire sprinkler ordinances.”

Mr. Lia has participated in more than 325 side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstrations. His model served as the basis for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s Fire and Sprinkler Burn Demonstration kit. As a result of Lia’s commitment to the fire sprinkler cause, thousands of fire departments around the country have implemented this tool in their own communities.