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2018 Burn Prevention Award Nomination Form

Click on the link above to download the nomination form for the 2018 Burn Prevention Award. Submissions should be completed by December 1, 2017.

Previous Award Recipients

2016 Phil Tammaro, Firefighter
2015 Angela D. Mickalide, PhD, MCHES
2014 Carlee R. Lehna, PhD, APRN-BC
2013 Karla S. Ahrns-Klas, RN, BSN, CCRP
2012 Judith S. Okulitch, MS
2011 Lisa Marie Jones
2010 Desiree L. Jimenez, EMT-B
2009 Annette F. Matherly, RN
2008 James Floros
2007 Michael D. Peck, MD, ScD, FACS
2006 B. Daniel Dillard
2005 Mark A. Harper Sr., Firefighter
2004 Peter A. Brigham, MSW

Phil Tammaro, Firefighter

Phil Tammaro is a Professional Firefighter in Billerica, Massachusetts, where he has served for more than 22 years as both a line firefighter and public fire & life safety educator. Phil is widely regarded as a national expert on burn prevention and reintegration of burn survivors. Phil’s journey from victim to survivor to advocate began when he was just a toddler. In 1971, at the age of two, he suffered 3rd degree burns over 35% of his body from an explosion in his home. Growing up, Phil spent many years at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston as a patient undergoing numerous skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries to maintain full use of his legs. Like most other kids in the sports crazy town of Billerica, Phil played football and lacrosse, never allowing his injuries to hold him back. He went on to become a career firefighter in his hometown where he has proudly served since 1993. His most recent surgery related to his burn injury was in 2010, 39 years after the fire.

Phil became a volunteer at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston and for many years played an integral role in developing the hospital’s SOAR Program. As a former patient, Phil’s time at the hospital is an inspiration to countless children and families. His work at the Burn Center in the Mass General Hospital helped rejuvenate their SOAR Program and an outreach program delivering burn care education to area fire departments and EMS providers.

His dedication to prevention and commitment to burn survivors led to his appointment as the 3rd District Burn Coordinator for the IAFF Charitable Foundation Burn Fund in 2009. Shortly thereafter he joined the ABA and began serving on the Burn Prevention Committee.

In 2010 he began working as the project manager for the IAFF Charitable Foundation Burn Fund Youth Firesetting Database Project that looked to identify the issues involved with collecting consistent information on youth involved fires on a national level. Under Phil’s leadership this project brought together national organizations and subject matter experts from the fire service, law enforcement, juvenile justice, mental health and burn prevention community to look at the gaps and barriers to collecting consistent data on youth firesetting behavior and then develop a solution to it. This collaboration has resulted in the Youth Firesetting Information Repository and Evaluation System (YFIRES). The development of this system will facilitate data collection, bring about collaboration with national stakeholders and improve the national understanding of youth firesetting behavior and the work being done by programs across the U.S. Since initial pilot testing of the YFIRES database in January 2015, more than 100 organizations and agencies across the U.S. have been utilizing the database system to track youth firesetting incidents.

In addition to YFIRES, Phil is the project manager for a new IAFF initiative to create a Burn Injury Awareness Campaign aimed at reducing the risk, severity and impact of burn injuries in our communities. Using the same consensus-building model as YFIRES, this project is bringing together the expertise of the American Burn Association, partner organizations and subject matter experts. The tools created under this project will be designed to enable the fire service, burn centers and non-profits to work as partners in delivering local and regional burn injury awareness education to a number of different audiences. Both projects will have wide-ranging, national impact.

Phil uses his personal and professional experiences to educate and increase awareness of the physical, emotional and financial impact fire and burn injuries have on our lives and in our communities. He believes there is a tremendous need to reduce the risk of burn injuries to both firefighters and the citizens they proudly protect. He is passionate in his pursuit to ensure that all burn patients regardless of where they live have access to the specialized care and resources that have been afforded to him over the years and available at burn centers across North America.

Of all his accomplishments, Phil is most proud of the role he played in helping to develop a firefighter component of the Phoenix Society SOAR Program as well as his ongoing efforts to develop and incorporate firefighter specific programming at the annual Phoenix World Burn Congress. He is a strong proponent for home fire sprinklers and recently shared his story for the NFPA’s “Faces of Fire” Fire Sprinkler Campaign.

Phil’s vision and reputation as a leader is evident in his ability to bring together national leaders and subject matter experts from many different organizations and disciplines to work as a team on these projects where tangible outcomes are produced.

Phil resides in Dunstable, Massachusetts with his wife Michelle, and their three children, Michael, Madison and Nicole.