Asbestos Safety
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, only affecting 8,000 – 10,000 patients a year worldwide. According to the American Lung Association, around 70 to 80 percent of people get mesothelioma from asbestos exposure at work. Although this number may be small relative to other cancerous diseases, it is almost always 100% fatal. Many people are unaware that their homes or place of business may be contaminated with asbestos. Any individual or family that is diagnosed with or knows someone with cancer deserves to have the best information and support available. Our goal at Mesothelioma Guide is to increase mesothelioma awareness, support, and knowledge.

Common Voices - Making A Difference... Turning Tragedy to Advocacy
Common Voices is an Advocates' Coalition sponsored by the National Fire Sprinkler Association. The advocates that serve as the Coalitions Advisory Committee have all been directly affected by fire. By bringing their voices together, the NFSA hopes to assist the advocates in their quest to ensure that others will not have to deal with similar tragedies. This Coalition strives to make a difference by sharing their stories and influencing change.

Vina Drennan, Donna Henson, Gail Minger, Bonnie Woodruff, Amy Acton and Justina Page currently serve on the Advisory Committee. Their goal is to develop meaningful ways for their involvement to aid communities across the nation that are being proactive with fire sprinkler legislation.
The Common Voices Coalition is actively engaged in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act and the IRC Residential Coalition, which is working to include residential fire sprinklers in the national code. The Coalition also provides support to the Public Fire Protection division of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.

Members of the Coalition are also available to speak and provide testimony where needed. If you would like to request an appearance of a Coalition member, please contact us at 615-533-0305 or via email at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!

For additional information, please contact: Vickie Pritchett
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 615.533.0305

Position Statement: US National Grid Map Updates and Systems Configuration
The Florida Fire Chief’s Association (FFCA) and its subsidiary, the Florida Association for Search and Rescue, recommend the addition of the United States National Grid (USNG) coordinate reference system to all map products as part of regular map maintenance and update cycles. This recommendation applies to all jurisdictions having authority within the scope and interests of the FFCA in direct support of State of Florida, County, Municipality, Federal and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and best management practices. The use of standards saves lives through interoperability and the provision of common knowledge among operating forces. This concept is as applicable to maps as it is to hose threads and radio systems.USNG Florida


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