2013 Advocacy Award

Rob Feeney: 2013 Phoenix Society Advocacy Award Recipient

The 2013 Phoenix Society Advocacy Award was presented at World Burn Congress to Robert Feeney. Since his injury and the loss of his fianceé more than 10 years ago in Rhode Island’s Station nightclub fire, Rob has participated in the advocacy training program developed by the Phoenix Society and has used that training to effectively provide the burn survivor perspective to discussions of fire safety and fire prevention, including those in legislative arenas.

In 2011 Rob appeared before the Chattanooga, Tennessee, City Council to speak in favor of the city adopting fire sprinkler regulations that would prevent the kind of tragic incident in which he was injured. Largely as a result of Rob’s testimony, the Chattanooga City Council passed the fire sprinkler requirement for sports bars and restaurants with live entertainment. In 2013 he worked diligently with those in Chattanooga to try to prevent reversal of the enacted fire sprinkler code. He has spoken at national meetings, such as the 2012 Vision 20/20 Models in Fire Prevention Symposium and the American
Burn Association Partnership Conference. He joined with Common Voices and other fire service organizations to support the re-introduction of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to the 113th Congress.

“Survivors like Rob Feeney, who are committed, trained Phoenix Society advocates are making a difference in our effort to address the fire problem in America,” said Phoenix Society Executive Director Amy Acton.