Randy Miller has always had a vested interest in saving lives. From his beginnings as a paramedic with Buck Medical Services in Portland, Oregon, all the way to his current fifteen-year career as Deputy Fire Marshal in the Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal's Office in Camas, Washington, Miller has demonstrated time and again his enthusiasm for fire and life safety.
While he has had many impressive accomplishments in his long career, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is proud to honor him as Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year for his consistent efforts to ensure that fire sprinklers are installed in Camas homes.
Fire sprinkler industry
For 10 years, Miller was consistently able to get a very high percentage of new homes in his city built with fire sprinklers. Even without an ordinance, 98 percent of homes in Camas and Washougal were being built with fire sprinklers, because Miller offered builders compromises: builders could have steeper slopes or longer dead end roads or less hydrants, but they had to sprinkler the entire subdivision.
Miller was instrumental in getting a sprinkler ordinance passed unanimously through city council
And then in 2016, Miller was instrumental in getting a sprinkler ordinance passed unanimously through city council, and now all residential structures in Camas-Washougal are now required to be built with fire sprinklers. AFSA created the Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award to honor individuals not directly involved in the fire sprinkler industry whose efforts have significantly advanced the fire protection industry and automatic fire sprinklers.
Deputy fire marshal
Nominees are recommended by AFSA's Legislative Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. AFSA's Legislative Committee Chair Ted Wills, Jr. was instrumental in selecting Miller for this award, and has only glowing words for him. “We are very pleased to be awarding the AFSA Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award to Mr. Randy Miller deputy fire marshal for the city of Camas, Washington,” says Wills.
“Randy's support of sprinklers has been relentless even in the face of opposition from builders and the real estate groups. His persistence is an example I would hope other fire officials would emulate as we push towards a fully sprinklered America.” Miller will be presented with the 2017 award on September 25, during the general session at the AFSA36: Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition at the Bellagio Las Vegas.