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Second Texas Fire claims the lives of five more seniors...

Click here to read Pam Elliott's OpEd in FireRescue magazine...

NFPA and other national fire safety organizations commend burn survivor’s op-ed on home fire sprinklers

Live Burn Video
March 2014

Live Burn Video
Illinois (Week-TV)

Advocacy Group Demonstrates Live Burn to Promote Fire Safety

Turning Tragedy Into Purpose

New National Initiative Calls for Community Organizations and Residents to Join Together to Prevent Home Fires: Common Voices assists USFA with National Media Launch Pam Elliott, Common Voices advocate, joined U.S. Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell this week in Washington, D.C. for Read more here


Click here to see the pictures that go with Pam's Story...



Common Voices Receives Fire Prevention Grant for Fire Safety Days Across America




National Fire Service Organizations applaud introduction of Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in the Senate
On Thursday, June 13th, Senators Thomas Carper (DE) and Susan Collins (ME) introduced S. 1163, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. Read more here



Sens. introduce Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013

Today, Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013, which would strengthen tax incentives for commercial real-estate owners who Read more here



NFSA Vice President of Operations Buddy Dewar, Common Voices Advocate
 Donna Henson, NFSA NW Regional Manager Suzanne Mary, and Corvallis
Fire Prevention Officer Jim Patton at Oregon State University on June 11. 
NFSA helped Corvallis Fire Department sponsor an event to help prompt
Greek housing managers of unsprinklered properties take the next step
towardretrofitting their houses with fire sprinkler systems. 


The UNCCH students with Bonnie and Leon Woodruff on the Capitol steps
before heading to the Hill to advocate for Campus Fire Safety issues.
Sponsors were: Campus Firewatch, Ohio Fire Safety Coalition, and
The Minger Foundation.

Bonnie and Leon Woodruff with all those attending Capitol Hill Day in
Washington DC. Everyone has their fire alarms donated by First Alert!

Training session for students, parents and fire officials learning how
to be an advocate on Capitol Hill Day.




Common Voices supports the
Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act


Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Update 2013


February 20, 2012
The 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island that killed 100 people and injured hundreds mor


Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Video From First Business News


Great White Concert Tragedy, Ten Years Later: Fire Survivors, Responders Remember
To pyro or not to pyro? Ten years after one of the deadliest nightclub fires in history, at a Rhode Island gig by the band Great White, plenty of rock fans can't see the most basic sparks go off on stage without flashing back to the news that 100 fans died on the night of Feb. 20, 2oo3 at the Station club. How much more traumatic, we can only imagine, to be one of the 663 people who did escape from the concert with their lives.

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Special thanks to Rob Feeney and Peter Ginaitt for their compelling interviews today at the National Press Club to media outlets across the nation. It's hard to believe its been 10 years since the Station nightclub tragic fire. Your stories highlighted the important role that fire sprinklers play in community fire protection. You make a difference by sharing what happened 10 years ago, so that others may learn and so that we can be proactive with policy decisions that promote life-saving technology. Thank you on behalf of advocates everywhere.


Images From Station Nightclub Fire



NIST Re-creation of "The Station Night Club fire" without sprinklers



NIST Recreation of "The Station Nightclub FIre" with Sprinklers


Today, 2-20-13, is the 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire that killed 100 people and injured hundreds more in West Warwick, Rhode Island.



Advocates’ Coalition Wins International Telly Awards for
Home Fire Safety Videos

Pleasant View, TN (August 1, 2011) – Common Voices, an Advocates’ Coalition of individuals affected by fire, has received two Bronze Telly Awards – one of the most prestigious awards in advertising and video and film production – for a fire safety public service announcement campaign, as well as for one of the individual videos within the campaign. The PSA campaign, was among more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Read more here

Click here to order the new Common Voices media kit

2010 Common Voices PSAs

Common Voices Releases New PSAs:
Personal Stories Support The Need For Residential Fire Sprinklers

Common Voices released a series of six (6) new PSAs that tells their story and the need for residential fire sprinklers. Each PSA has a personal message from Common Voices advocates, but many with a twist. The complete media kit is available by visiting www.fireadvocates.org and selecting the “order” button on the home page, the kits are free thanks to the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Act fire prevention grant. Read more here

            “The Stories Behind the PSAs”          by Vickie Pritchett

Vina Drennan ~ “Sleep with a Firefighter”
I will never forget Vina sharing this idea with me…the idea being to make us think about how simple it is to install fire sprinklers and the tongue in cheek reference to allowing firefighters be “like firefighters in your home that work 24/7, 365 days a year.” Read more here


Common Voices featured in October FireRescue magazine!


Common Voices PSAs


Home Fire Sprinkler Clips on CBS Morning Show


Common Voices Receives Fire Prevention Grant For National Media Campaign to Focus on Building Safe Homes with Fire Sprinklers
Washington DC – Common Voices received notification from the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Fire Prevention program, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that their grant in the amount of $222,290.00 was funded.
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Acceptance of Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Safety Leadership Award
On behalf of the Common Voices Coalition we thank you --- to the Congressional Fire Services Institute & National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for your leadership, and to State Farm Insurance and VFIS for your corporate support.
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Fatal Fires Prompt National Warning
Fire deaths during January are at a pace above 2008, according to information provided by state fire marshals across the country. In a snapshot taken of the number of fire deaths in 28 states by the National Association of State Fire Marshals, at least 173 people have been killed during January 2009 as opposed to 131 in January 2008, an increase of almost one-third.
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   America’s Fire Problem is real. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the Center for Disease Control, someone dies in a fire about every two hours in America, and someone is injured every 29 minutes. Over 3,000 people die annually. 82% of these deaths occur in the home. Fire Sprinklers are part of the solution. Fire sprinklers can and do make a difference. Simply stated, Fire Sprinklers Save Lives. There is no better way to understand this problem than to LISTEN to those who have been affected by fire. Because of that, the Common Voices Coalition has been formed.

   As the song states, there is always someone who serves as “the wind beneath our wings” and in the case of our Coalition, the wind is three NFSA board members. Their vision to create the Advocates’ Coalition of Common Voices, has put into action their dream to give back. The story of this Coalition is really about “Declaring an industry’s commitment” and “Paying It Forward.”

   The creation of the Advocates’ Coalition is a key step in taking the NFSA’s Board Vision to the next level. We much never underestimate our experiences nor our ability to influence others with lessons learned.

   Turning Tragedy into Advocacy is a choice, and we can learn from those who have made the choice to share. Our challenge is to join them in their quest to PREVENT another TRAGEDY through education and the installation of something as simple as fire sprinklers. Listen to our Common Voices, join us…..together we can make a difference.

   To NFSA Board members Aus Marburger, Wayne Gey & Gregg Huennekens….thank you for the vision and your commitment. To the Advocates …. Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing your stories….we dedicate this Coalition to YOU and to those whom we have lost….we know we are doing exactly what they would want us to do…making a difference one day at a time!



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