The advocacy medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President James Shannon. During his 12-year tenure as president, Shannon was recognized for his exceptional record of advocacy to reduce fire loss, most notably by spearheading the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes and advocating for fire sprinklers in all new homes.
“We are inspired by the nominations for candidates we receive each year for the Shannon Advocacy Medal,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. “Their efforts, ranging from promoting home sprinkler installation, championing the use of the latest codes and standards, to educating the public on reducing the threat of wildfire in their communities, are worthy of recognition. Through this award, we are honored to recognize unwavering dedication to improving public safety and strengthening our nation’s fire service.”
NFPA considers nominees who are fire service members or any individual or group whose advocacy efforts meet the award’s criteria. The medal recipient will be announced and receive their award during the NFPA Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, June 17 – 19, 2024. Previous recipients have worked to improve firefighter safety, increase the use of home fire sprinklers, and advocate for updated codes, among other activities.