Society Holds First Advocacy Training Session

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With support from Tyco International, the Phoenix Society held its first advocacy training session on March 11, 2010 at the American Burn Association’s annual meeting in Boston. The session provided a valuable opportunity for members of the burn community to come together and learn the importance of delivering a coordinated message in their advocacy efforts. Media relations professional Brad Phillips introduced the 31 participating burn survivors, burn care professionals, and firefighters to such topics as being on message, attracting media attention, and becoming a great spokesperson and presenter.

Brad, president of Phillips Media Relations, has helped thousands of spokespersons, including politicians, scientists, nonprofit leaders, physicians, prepare for media interviews. He has worked for ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel and programs on CNN, such as The Capital Gang, and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. As a burn survivor, he also has a passion for preventing burns through advocacy.

The Phoenix Society’s advocacy efforts are currently focused on ensuring that building codes retain the requirement for installation of fire sprinklers in new construction of one- and two-family homes. Our message is clear: fire sprinklers save lives, prevent injuries, and protect property. One of the participants in this initial training, described the session as both “very interesting” and “very informative,” and credited it with making the importance of residential fire sprinklers much more clear.At the advocacy training session held in Boston this spring, (from left to right), Joe Kinan, Kaitlin Sullivan, Melisa Schoeppler, Brad Phillips, Christine Jurus, and Rob Feeney.

Members of the Phoenix Society have firsthand experience with the effects of fire, understand the devastating impact of fire on our lives and communities, and hope our efforts prevent future injuries and deaths. If you are interested in becoming a Phoenix Society advocate, the next training session will be held on October 20 at World Burn Congress in Galveston, Texas. For more information, contact Amy Acton, Executive Director of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.





This story is an excerpt from The Phoenix Society’s® Burn Support News, Issue 2 2010. Burn Support News is a quarterly publication that contains articles on the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of burn recovery.  All Rights Reserved.
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