NFPA Seeks Nominations for James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal Award

Each year the NFPA recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions in fire-safety advocacy efforts.

QUINCY, Mass. — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is calling for nominations for the 2022 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal, which recognizes fire- and life-safety advocates who have made significant contributions in lessening losses from fire, electrical and other hazards.

Named for former NFPA President James Shannon, the award honors individuals or groups that champion cost-effective efforts and collaboration, while furthering NFPA’s mission. As part of his long list of advocacy achievements in fire loss reduction, Shannon led the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, paving the way for legislation on minimum fire safety standards for cigarettes in each state.

“This reward is to give thanks to all the recipients for taking action to improve life safety,” says Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The hard work and dedication these recipients display towards improving safety in communities is invaluable.”

NFPA considers nominees who are members of the fire service or any individual or group whose advocacy efforts meet the award’s criteria. The medal recipient will be announced later in 2022. Previous recipients have worked to increase use of sprinklers, advocated for the use of updated codes, and other activities.

In 2021, NFPA announced Gary Keith, former president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), and longtime employee of NFPA and FM Global, as the winner of the medal. During his impactful career, Keith helped lead NFPA field efforts on the Fire-Safe Cigarette Coalition; spurred on the use of updated codes and standards on numerous building and life safety issues; and acted as the guiding force behind many initiatives to increase the use of home fire sprinklers.

The 2022 nominee application is available for download and can be sent to until the submission period closes on Feb. 18.

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