Cold Water Challenge Face-off: Robert Avsec vs. Lorraine Carli

FireRescue1 Staff

After a week of voting, the first round of the Cold Water Challenge Face-off guessing game has its winner! Vickie Pritchett, Director of Public Fire Protection with the National Fire Sprinkler Association, easily handled Chief Billy Goldfeder with a total of 321 votes versus his 275 votes.

Miss Vickie advances to the Fiery Four semi-final round.

For those new to the game, the face-off challenge is simple: vote for who you think took the challenge first; we’ll reveal the true order after the bracket is complete.

Our mission is also simple: give firefighters a reason to have a bit of fun and keep the challenge alive — and the associated donations made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Cast your vote below on which fire service leader you think completed the challenge first. At the end of the game, contest winners will be randomly selected and will receive a FireRescue1 T-shirt and challenge coin as a prize.

Battalion Chief Robert Avsec served with the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire and EMS Department for 26 years. He was an active instructor for fire, EMS, and hazardous materials courses at the local, state, and federal levels, which included more than 10 years with the National Fire Academy. He's also a frequent and regular contributing author to FireRescue1 and Fire Chief.

Lorraine Carli has been the face and voice of the National Fire Protection Association since 2006 as its vice president of communications; she now serves as its vice president of outreach and advocacy. Prior to joining NFPA, Carli was a public relations consultant working with health care, medical technology, government, and non-profit organizations.

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