NEW YORK CITY — Briscoe Protective Systems, a provider of fire/life-safety systems and services, co-sponsored the New York Nonprofit Press Facilities Day Conference to promote awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
During the conference, held here June 12 at Baruch College, Briscoe honored Ken and Kim Hansen for their advocacy efforts leading to the passage of Amanda’s Law, which requires the installation of CO detectors in all homes in New York State. The law is named in honor of their daughter, Amanda Hanson, who died in 2009 from CO poisoning while sleeping at a friend’s house. Amanda’s Law set a record for the fastest legislation passed by New York State. The Amanda Hansen Foundation continues to educate the public by promoting awareness of CO poisoning and providing detectors for low income families.
Bob Williams, Briscoe’s president, bestowed the Bert Briscoe Award — named after Williams’ grandfather — to the Hansens at a special awards presentation to kick-off the conference.
“Briscoe’s family oriented philosophy has been passed down from my grandfather, Bert Briscoe, and is at the core of everything we do,” Williams says. “We are committed to carrying out his vision in our work and continue the push for CO legislation to prevent any further tragedies from happening.”
In the last few months, Williams has been attending and speaking at many of the public hearings on CO legislation throughout Long Island to help make a difference by advising local legislative officials to implement stricter CO laws for commercial facilities. He also founded the Just One Life program where CO devices are distributed to Long Island residents in partnership with local fire districts and then installed by Briscoe staff members.
The conference also featured nonprofit representatives who discussed fire safety issues and FDNY certification training, planning for disasters, electronic security systems, among other topics.