His words carried significant weight.
Speaking on behalf of firefighters and the burn community, Phoenix Society advocate Phil Tammaro used Tuesday’s press conference to lend a bold voice to a cause that required an individual with his unique perspective.
When he was toddler, Tammaro became trapped in a house fire, suffering burns to 35 percent of his body. Four decades later, he’s undergone 19 surgeries, including one earlier this year.
Now a firefighter for Billerica, MA and coordinator for the International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, Tammaro used his own experiences to urge the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) to include a provision for home fire sprinklers in new one and two family homes. The BBRS recently put forth a building code that omitted the requirement of home fire sprinklers in the new construction, despite a national models that call for their requirement.
“I’m concerned that the BBRS is setting a dangerous precedent by going below the established minimum level of safety for home construction,” said Tammaro, who is also active in the Phoenix Society’s SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program.
“It’s worth every penny to protect our residents from this kind of experience.”
The press conference was hosted by the National Fire Protection Association, and included representatives from every major fire service organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. More information on how you can add your voice to the code issue in Massachusetts can be found at www.firesprinklersma.org.