The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA)
is honored to present its 2022 Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year
award to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Executive Director Chief Ron Siarnicki for his work and dedication to fire and life safety. Siarnicki has made a lifelong commitment to protecting people from the dangers of fire and to educating the public about the benefits of fire sprinklers.
At 18, Siarnicki began his journey in the fire safety world as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Monessen, Pennsylvania. Shortly after, he went to Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Siarnicki spent 24 years in Prince George’s County, working his way up to become fire chief in 1998. Notably, in 1992, the county worked to pass legislation approved and signed into law requiring that all new single-family homes be protected by an NFPA-approved 13D residential sprinkler system. Studies conducted would later show that the ordinance enacted by the county helped save millions and, most importantly, lives.
As executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
, Siarnicki oversees all programs, services, and activities of the Foundation. One initiative developed by fire service constituencies that NFFF executes is Everyone Goes Home®
to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. One of those 16 initiatives is #15, “Code Enforcement and Sprinklers.”