The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) have awarded the U.S. and Canadian Bringing Safety Home awards to Chief David Pendleton, Saco (Maine) Fire Department and Chief Ryan Schell, Central York Fire Service.

This award honors fire safety advocates in North America who diligently promote the importance of home fire sprinklers and use HFSC educational material, NFPA data, and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources to educate decision-makers about the importance of home fire sprinklers.

Pendleton was nominated by the Massachusetts Sprinkler Coalition because of his strong advocacy and efforts to educate the public and elected officials about home fire sprinklers. He successfully countered misinformation with facts about the economic benefits to the community. His efforts resulted in the Town Council voting in favor of protecting all new one- and two-family homes in Saco with fire sprinklers.

Schell was nominated by Scott Pugsley, Seneca Polytechnic School of Fire Protection. He is the first Canadian recipient of the award. He was selected because he organized educational events, advocated for sprinkler inclusion in building permit applications, built partnerships and conducted public demonstrations. His efforts increased awareness, debunked myths, and ultimately led protecting an entire subdivision within his jurisdiction with home fire sprinklers.

“Both Chief Pendleton and Chief Schell were faced with challenges where their commitment to educate and advocate led to protecting new homes with fire sprinklers,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy and HFSC president. “Thanks to their effort, citizens and firefighters will be better protected.”

As Bringing Safety Home Award recipients, Pendleton and Schell will each receive a $1000 stipend to further fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts.