Contact: Assistant Fire Marshal Jim Pasley
Office - 573-874-7447 Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm
Common Voices is coming to Columbia, Missouri and the Stoney Creek Inn on Thursday, March 20, 2014! The Fire Safety Day will provide educational outreach on community fire protection to fire department personnel, community stakeholders (realtors, insurance agents, policy makers, homebuilders, water purveyors) and citizens alike. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend, lunch is provided free of charge. Registration is also free and available at www.fireadvocates.org, along with a schedule of all locations and dates. The event will conclude with a side-by-side burn demonstration at 4:00 p.m., which will highlight how fire sprinklers work and save lives.
Common Voices advocates are Amy Acton of Michigan, burn survivor and Executive Director of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors; Vina Drennan of New Jersey, lost her husband, Capt. John Drennan of FDNY in a fire; Donna Henson of Missouri, lost her son, Dominic in a fire; Gail Minger of Florida, lost her son, Michael in a fire; Justina Page of Texas, lost her son, Amos in a fire; Bonnie Woodruff of Raleigh, North Carolina, lost her son, Ben in a fire; and Pam Elliott of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, burn survivor.
The advocates are able to use their first-person accounts of the affects of fire to bring home the message of fire safety and how to focus on fire prevention and save lives. Their hope is that by sharing their stories future tragedies will be prevented. This educational opportunity provides resources to interested stakeholders (take home resources from national fire safety initiatives) and also provides an opportunity for networking and dialogue on making all communities safer.