News Releases

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Honolulu High-Rise Fire: Another Preventable Fatal Fire

July 15, 2017 – Yesterday’s tragic high-rise fire is a sombering reminder that high-rise buildings without fire sprinklers place occupants and firefighters at great risk. 3 people are confirmed dead and over 15 injured [...]

Fire Safety Advocates Share Their Stories of Fire on Common Voices’ New Website

June 19, 2017 – Common Voices, an advocates’ coalition determined to create a fire safe America, announces the launch of its newly redesigned website, www.FireAdvocates.org. It provides resources and information to assist fire departments [...]

Common Voices, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Champion Fire Sprinklers After New Year’s Day Fires in MA

January 6, 2017 – On New Year's Day morning two apartment fires raged in Massachusetts. Fire ripped through a Holyoke apartment building claiming the lives of three residents and displaced over 50 others. Fire [...]

Call to Action for Holiday Safety Following Tragic Maryland Fire

November 22, 2016 – Common Voices is working to promote and share information from the Coalition's newest advocate, Sher Grogg during the 2016 Holiday season. The Advocates' Coalition is kicking off a holiday safety [...]

Call To Action After Six-­Year-­Old Dies In Plainfield

September 26, 2016 – Common Voices is working to provide education regarding modern fire and the threat it poses following last week's fire in Plainfield, CT that claimed that life of a six-­‐year-­‐old girl [...]

Tragic Massachusetts Fire Underscores Need for Fire Sprinklers in Townhomes, Says Common Voices

December 9, 2015 – Lynn, Massachusetts just experienced something that no town or community wants to experience, a fire in an apartment building without fire sprinklers. This fire leaves 4 citizens dead, and many with [...]

Wisconsin Burn Survivor’s Story and Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Earn Award from Wisconsin Broadcasting Association

May 7, 2015 – Press release courtesy of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The theme of the PSA is “If you had the power to prevent fire injuries and deaths, [...]

Texas Fire Service Supports Representative Galindo’s Residential High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Bill

March 19, 2015 – Texas fire service organizations representing over 54,000 Texas firefighters are joining with national fire organizations to endorse Representative Rick Galindo’s bill, HB 3089. The bill would require residential high-rise buildings in [...]

Representative Galindo Takes Step to Save Lives in Texas; Introduces Residential High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Bill

March 12, 2015 – Just two-and-a-half months after a fatal fire killed eight senior citizens in the Wedgwood residential high-rise in Castle Hills, Texas Representative Rick Galindo has filed a bill to prevent similar [...]

Three National Organizations Join Together To Commend Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition

March 9, 2015 – Three national fire service organizations are joining together to applaud the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition for its proactive leadership dedicated to saving lives. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), Phoenix [...]

“Make Safe Happen” Should Include Fire Sprinklers

February 13, 2015 – While most Super Bowl commercials aim for humor, Nationwide® opted to focus on reality with a shocking commercial that promoted household safety measures that can prevent the deaths of children. [...]

New Jersey Resident Applauds “Fast-Track” of New Home Fire Safety Act

February 12, 2015 – Vina Drennan, a New Jersey resident, didn’t let a winter storm keep her from making the trek to Trenton, NJ to testify in support of fire sprinkler legislation this week. [...]

New National Initiative Calls for Community Organizations and Residents to Join Together to Prevent Home Fires

September 25, 2013 – Pam Elliott, Common Voices advocate, joined U.S. Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell this week in Washington, D.C. for the national launch of Fire Is Everyone’s Fight™. Each year in the United [...]

National Fire Service Organizations Applaud Introduction of Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in the Senate

June 20, 2013 – On Thursday, June 13th, Senators Thomas Carper (DE) and Susan Collins (ME) introduced S. 1163, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. The legislation was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Senators [...]

The Need for Fire Sprinkler Legislation

February 16, 2013 – On January 26, the world watched a great tragedy unfold as 235 people were killed in a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil. The U.S. fire service extends its deepest [...]

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Update 2013

January 16, 2013 – Status We, along with other national fire service organizations, are presently working with previous sponsors in the House and Senate to reintroduce the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) in the [...]

Advocates’ Coalition Wins International Telly Awards for Home Fire Safety Videos

August 1, 2011 – Common Voices, an Advocates’ Coalition of individuals affected by fire, has received two Bronze Telly Awards – one of the most prestigious awards in advertising and video and film production [...]

Common Voices Receives Fire Prevention Grant

2010 – Common Voices received notification from the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Fire Prevention program, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that their grant in the amount of $222,290.00 was [...]

Common Voices Releases New PSAs

November 1, 2010 – Common Voices released a series of six (6) new PSAs that tells their story and the need for residential fire sprinklers. Each PSA has a personal message from Common Voices [...]

The Stories Behind the PSAs

December 31, 2010 – By Vickie Pritchett I will never forget Vina sharing this idea with me…the idea being to make us think about how simple it is to install fire sprinklers and the [...]

America’s Fire Problem is Real

February 25, 2009 – According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the Center for Disease Control, someone dies in a fire about every two hours in America, and someone is injured every 29 minutes. [...]

Common Voices Advocacy Group Recipients of Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Safety Leadership Award

February 23, 2009 – The Congressional Fire Service Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have selected Common Voices for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. Named after retired-Senator Paul [...]

The IAFC and Common Voices to Be Honored at the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

February 1, 2009 – The Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have selected the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Common Voices for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service [...]

National Fire Sprinkler Association Partners with International Association of Fire Chiefs on Fire Sprinkler Resources for Communities

January 5, 2009 – The Second Edition of “Residential Fire Sprinklers...A Step-By-Step Approach for Communities” and the updated companion Look Up For Safety CD/DVD set is now available to fire service and community leaders. [...]

Residential Fire Sprinklers Receive Landslide Support

September 21, 2008 – Voting members of the leading building code body in the nation, the International Code Council (ICC), overwhelmingly supported a residential fire sprinkler requirement for all new one- and two-family homes [...]