NFPA President James Shannon (top) retired in July.[/caption] This July, long-time National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) President James M. Shannon retired from his position after an incredibly successful career. Shannon served as the NFPA president since 2002, but had been with the organization for 23 years total. He joined NFPA as vice president and general counsel in 1991 after previously serving as a member of Congress representing Massachusetts and as Massachusetts Attorney General. Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, congratulates Shannon for his many years of service and dedication to the advancement of fire safety. Lia had the following to say about Shannon:

“As a former fire official and now a fire sprinkler advocate, I would like to say thanks to Jim Shannon for all he has done for fire safety in this country. His leadership, which is soft spoken but sincere, passionate and extremely powerful, is the reason NFPA continues to lead in fire safety codes and standards both in the United States and across the world. The Fire-Safe Cigarette Act is one of the objectives that Shannon strongly advocated for and helped to enact. Looking at recent fire statistics related to smoking, one can see the immediate successful impact the Act has had on reducing burn injuries and deaths. [caption id="attachment_3950" align="alignright" width="277"] Left to right: Former NFPA President James Shannon, pictured along with former Illinois State Fire Marshal David Foreman and former National Fire Sprinkler Association President John Viniello, attended the Illinois Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in 2009 and announced the creation of the NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative campaign.[/caption] And as you look at success of the Fire-Safe Cigarette Act, just imagine what residential fire sprinklers in all new homes would mean for the fire safety of America? When President Jim Shannon came to Chicago and gave a speech to over 300 Illinois fire and building officials at our Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, it was most welcoming news to hear that NFPA had launched the Fire Sprinkler Initiative. President Shannon created his most notable legacy when he rallied the full might and weight of NFPA with all of its professional staff and research capability to develop the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to promote residential fire sprinklers. Included in this push was the addition of full-time field office specialists covering news around the country and backing up the existing Regional Directors. The Initiative has provided additional resources to fire advocates and the residential fire sprinkler movement across the nation. Jim Shannon put NFPA in a strong position to sustain its home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts well into the future, which will eventually result in a fire sprinkler protected America. Thank you, Jim Shannon, for everything you have done and good luck in your retirement and future endeavors. I also look forward to continued success with new NFPA president Jim Pauley.”
Shannon was succeeded by Jim Pauley, who previously worked for Schneider Electric and served in a number of codes and standards-related activities including chairman of the board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), chairman of NFPA’s Standards Council and chair of the High Performance Building Council for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).  ]]>