This is a story that has its roots in New England, USA but it really has relevance in virtually every corner of the world, including Australia. It’s about keeping people and property safe, and how one firefighter’s passion to do just that has worked. The villain of the story is cooking fires. They are a massive problem.
In the US alone, they are the number-one cause of household fire and cause billions in direct and indirect damage every year.They are the leading cause of fire-related injuries and the second leading cause of fire-related deaths.
Enter the heroine, Lt. Annie Pickett. Lt Pickett runs the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) and Outreach Division for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Story appears in the Asia Pacific Fire Magazine, April 2020, page 75.