Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
“The summer before I planned to attend college and study to become a nurse, I suffered an electrical burn injury at my job at a marina. The injury resulted in a two-and-a-half-month stay at a burn center. At the burn center, I saw an incredible team of health care providers come together to support families like my own. When I recovered, I attended college and returned to my aspiration of nursing with a newfound focus on burn injuries.
Later, working in a burn center and then at Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, I gained a new passion for burn prevention. Part of the healing for myself and many others is advocating for prevention so a burn injury does not happen to others. The Phoenix Society was already advocating for fire sprinklers, adding its voice to the conversation from the perspective of its burn survivors who understand and have felt the impact when fire sprinklers are not present. We are the WHY that demonstrates the importance of fire sprinklers. We have the fire prevention education and technology at our fingertips, but a strong, collaborative effort of many organizations is needed to combat the opposition to fire sprinklers in new construction.”
- Extensive work in burn prevention and burn recovery services as executive director of the national nonprofit Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors since 1998
- Board member of National Fire Protection Association and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
- Testifies with other advocates at numerous local, state, and national code hearings
- Provides resources for state-based fire sprinkler coalitions’ education and advocacy efforts
- Phoenix Society connects trained burn survivor and family advocates with partners in prevention such as Common Voices, National Fire Protection Association, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and other fire service organizations across the country
In the News
- “Amy Acton on Burn Survivors: From Tragedy to Advocacy,” NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog, May 2, 2013.
- “Catalyst Radio: Phoenix Society Provides Peer Support Opportunities for Burn Survivors,” The Rapidian, July 27, 2012.