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Ryan Schell named first Canadian recipient of the Bringing Safety Home award

By CFF Staff   

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May 30, 2024, Frankfort, Ill. — Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ryan Schell from the Central York Fire Service in Ontario has been selected as the first Canadian recipient of the Bringing Safety Home award presented by the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC).

The award honours 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, the organization said in a press release.

Schell was nominated by Scott Pugsley from the Seneca Polytechnic School of Fire Protection in Ontario.

He was selected for his organization of educational events, advocacy for sprinkler inclusion in building permit applications, leadership of public demonstrations, and commitment to building meaningful partnerships, NFPA said in a statement.


Chief David Pendleton from the Saco Fire Department in Maine was also selected due to his strong advocacy and efforts to educate the public and elected officials about home fire sprinklers.

Both recipients will receive a $1000 stipend to further their fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts.

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