Georgia fire officers win national anthem contest for NFPA's 2014 Conference & Expo

Friday, May 16, 2014

LAS VEGAS—Capt. Mark Ware of the Sandy Springs Fire Department in Sandy Springs, Ga., and Lt. Rodney Brooks of the Henry County Fire Department in McDonough, Ga., are the winners of the National Anthem singer contest sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.

The two will perform the national anthem in front of more than 3,000 attendees during the opening general session of the NFPA 2014 Conference & Expo, to be held here June 9-12.

Ware and Brooks submitted their audition video in the nationwide contest—a new feature in this year’s show—and the video was chosen as one of three finalists by a panel of NFPA judges. More than 2,700 public votes were then cast between March 31 and April 4. Ware and Brooks’ video garnered the majority of votes, declaring them winners. Their submission can be viewed at