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2014 Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award

 

Jim Shannon and Greg Rogers

NFPA President James Shannon congratulates Greg Rogers (pictured right), the recipient of the 2014 Home Fire Sprinkler Champion Award. The accolade honors sprinkler advocates for their longstanding commitment to adoption efforts and advocacy. (Read about the 2013 recipient, Tom Lia.

Rogers has been a driving force behind sprinkler-related efforts in Washington State. As president of the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, he organized a massive contingent to attend the 2008 ICC Final Action Hearing for the vote to require sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. On the local level, Rogers advocated for sprinklers using an array of unique and effective tactics. After drumming up ample support across Washington, he and other local advocates attended state hearings highlighting the importance of these systems. In the years since, he has continued to keep sprinklers at the forefront, organizing side-by-side burn demonstrations and attending a number of speaking engagements to garner additional sprinkler support.

Rogers was also the catalyst behind the formation of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which was created in 2008. While he has stepped down as coalition president, he still remains an active member. "This coalition is a national model for bringing the right people together to dispel myths, provide accurate information, and develop an agenda to increase the use of sprinklers on a statewide basis," said Shannon during the ceremony. "Greg's efforts have created a new environment in Washington State with regards to appreciation and acceptance of sprinklers."

Humbled by the award, Rogers attributed the coalition's success to a collaborative effort. "It took dedicated individuals who care about safety to bring the right energy and arguments to bring about change," he said upon receiving the award.