Fire Survivor Speaks for the Importance of Sprinklers

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Fire survivor speaks about fire sprinklers

Rhode Island -- In February 2003, a fire ignited when pyrotechnics set the building on fire.  A couple was watching the show.  One survived.  One died.  The show was at Station Nightclub, and it has haunted Rob Feeney ever since.

Feeney and his fiance were at the show.  "We knew it wasn't part of the show, but I assumed sprinklers would come on.  Before we knew it, it was taking over the stage.  After it rolled over and the flames hit, people who were right by the stage were immediately burning," Feeney explained.  "I think the most frightening part was, I told my fiance I was going to get her out when I couldn't.  It just...it went too fast." 

This event changed the direction of his life forever.  One day, he was set to be married, enjoying some music, the next, he was on the speaking circuit, advocating for fire sprinklers.  "After my recovery, I was determined to figure out why this happened and what we are doing to prevent it," said Feeney. 

Feeney recently spoke as the keynote speaker for the 2017 State Fire Marshal Conference.

Between 2004 and 2016, there has been an average of one fire sprinkler save PER DAY.  Read more here. 

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