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Waukesha Fire Department Uses Real-Life Apartment Fires to Show Benefits of Fire Sprinklers

Waukesha Fire Department Uses Real-Life Apartment Fires to Show Benefits of Fire Sprinklers

The City of Waukesha understands the life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. Waukesha adopted an ordinance in 2002 that requires all new residential buildings with three or more units to include sprinkler systems. The Waukesha Fire Department effectively used photos and facts from two similar fires in multi-family apartment buildings to show the benefits of fire sprinklers. Both fires were caused by smoking material. The first occurred in March in a building protected...
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New side-by-side trailer debuts at demonstrations held this year

New side-by-side trailer debuts at demonstrations held this year

The WI Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (WI-NFSA) received delivery of the new mobile side-by-side trailer this past August. It arrived just in time for demonstrations in the Green Bay area. The De Pere Fire Department offered to house the trailer. In addition, WI-NFSA received grant requests from various fire departments to cover the costs of side-by-side demonstrations at their fall open houses. This year, supplemental grants were given to the Waupun...
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Funding to help the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition continue promotion of residential fire sprinklers in 2018

Funding to help the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition continue promotion of residential fire sprinklers in 2018

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association awarded a $2,500 grant to the nonprofit, Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WFSC), to continue their work promoting residential fire sprinklers. The Coalition was active in the promotion of residential fire sprinklers in 2017 with booths at both the Milwaukee and Madison home shows where they distributed hundreds of brochures providing information about the advantages of fire sprinklers. The funding will be used to provide educational...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Winter 2017 Edition)

Fire Sprinklers At Work (Winter 2017 Edition)

December 2017 Fitchburg Multi-Family Residential Building At approx. 7p.m. on December 19, 2017, the Fitchburg Fire Department was called to a multi-family residential building on Williamsburg Way for the report of an extinguished fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found an activated sprinkler system in the kitchen of a unit. The fire was controlled by the sprinkler. Firefighters confirmed extinguishment and controlled hot spots. Firefighters shut off the sprinkler system. A sprinkler company was contacted to...
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Did you know? Dry Pipe Systems

Did you know? Dry Pipe Systems

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 25-2014, section 13.4.4.2.9 states: “Dry pipe systems shall be tested once every three years for gas leakage.” This can be hard to convince building owners, especially if the system appears to be holding fine, no leaks are observed, and the air compressor is not running excessively. The reason behind the requirement is to ensure there are no major problems. It also protects the building owner and the residents....
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Golfers come together “fore” 29th annual Burn Center Golf Invitational

Golfers come together “fore” 29th annual Burn Center Golf Invitational

This year’s Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational hosted by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association was a huge success! Held at the Grand Geneva Resort on August 28, more than 175 golfers came out to support Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Burn Center and the Alliance for Fire Safety Camp for Burn Injured Youth. The event raised more than $90,000. Over the past 29 years, $2.3 million has been raised. Big thanks...
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Prevention Primer

Prevention Primer

(Appeared in the August 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) August has always been the month that we completed plans for Fire Prevention Week (FPW). This includes activities, school and community events and prevention messages. We always start with the NFPA website for the FPW theme to make sure we are presenting information based on credible national messages from the NFPA and U.S.F.A. The 2017 theme is “Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out!”...
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Is Your Paperwork in Order?

Is Your Paperwork in Order?

(Appeared in the September 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) With current issues between statutes and administrative codes, one must wonder “Are our municipal codes up-to-date and reflect what we can enforce?” The Fire Inspector course teaches that Inspectors can only enforce rules that are adopted by the community we serve. While the state adopts a fire prevention code (SPS 314), a municipality must also adopt the same code to enforce it. These fire prevention...
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Community Risk Reduction: It’s Not Just a Catch Phrase

Community Risk Reduction: It’s Not Just a Catch Phrase

(Appeared in the October 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) It might seem like every time you attend a presentation, talk to a colleague or read an article, the phrase “Community Risk Reduction” (CRR) is the topic. While many believe that it is the new catchphrase for the fire service, it’s not.  Most practice CRR and call it “prevention” or “emergency response.” CRR is defined by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) as “the identification...
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Community Risk Reduction: Risk Assessment Basics

Community Risk Reduction: Risk Assessment Basics

(Appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) Last month, the definition of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) was introduced. Let’s examine the next step: the basics of risk assessment.  It begins with an objective look at the community and its vulnerability. This may include looking at numerous factors such as community preparedness, the capacity of emergency services, access to the community for response/mitigation resources, and financial impact. During this stage, it is important...
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Community Risk Reduction: Identifying the Risks

Community Risk Reduction: Identifying the Risks

(Appeared in the December 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) Last month, the focus was on the basics of risk assessment, which included the five areas of community vulnerability. The next step is to identify the community risks and review station-based information.  The best gauge of community risk is to look at emergency responses within the community to identify the responses that have the greatest frequency for injury, death or property loss. This picture of...
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Reducing Risk: Water Supply & Fire Department Access

(Appeared in June 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) There have been some recent questions and confusion regarding fire flow calculations for water supply. Fire flow calculations are made to assure there is enough available water for firefighting at specific structures. While there are five separate mathematical formulas to estimate the amount of water needed, there is no single “correct” method for establishing fire flow in the structural fire protection world. The overall objective is...
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NFSA-WI Sponsors Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

NFSA-WI Sponsors Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

On May 11, 2107, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association held a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration hosted at the Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Green Bay, WI.
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Help HFSC Raise Money for Fire Sprinkler Display Box

Help HFSC Raise Money for Fire Sprinkler Display Box

What’s in the box?… A fire sprinkler to assist your fire department with public education and media outreach efforts. The Home Fire Sprinkler’s Coalition’s fire sprinkler display box shows how home fire sprinklers work. HFSC is raising funds to offer this powerful new educational display to the fire service – at no cost – as a way to talk to the media, residents and others. The first production run is a limited supply, but...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Summer 2017 Edition)

July 2017 Madison Dumpster Fire East-Side Complex Garage Firefighters responded to 1606 Fordem Avenue to investigate an alarm activation. Residents were standing outside as Engine 3’s crew separated to check all three floors and the garage. A slight haze of smoke was found inside a garbage store room, and a sprinkler  had been activated. A dumpster was flooded with water with evidence that its contents had burned. Three other dumpsters in the room did...
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Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Uses Home Shows for Education & Advocacy

The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WSFC), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in future generations of homes, works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety. Comprised of representatives of the Wisconsin fire service, the Coalition aims to advocates and educates all stakeholders, including homebuilders and consumers. Using a grant awarded by the NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative...
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Get Involved in the Plan Review Process

(Appeared in April 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) Many changes arrive with the month of April. We begin with the promise of another spring and hope that winter does not make an appearance again. Generally, there are the spring elections that bring possible new players to the political scene in municipalities, schools, courts, and other areas of government. The much-anticipated tax deadline looms for those procrastinators. Of course, the April showers will bring May...
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Register: Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit (May 11)

On May 11, 2017, numerous fire service and fire safety organizations will host the Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. The summit will provide valuable information to citizens, homeowners, legislators, builders, architects, fire service, and building code officials about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers and the fire dangers of modern furniture and lightweight construction in today’s homes. Presenters will include Sean DeCrane from UL,...
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NFSA Reacts to Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in 115th Congress

On March 9th, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) filed the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA), while Representatives Tom Reed (R- New York) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced the companion House legislation, to encourage building owners to invest in life-saving fire safety upgrades. The FSIA strengthens tax incentives for building owners to retrofit their properties with fire sprinkler systems. This action will protect their occupants and property from the devastation of...
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Building Safety Month: Invest in Technology for Safety

Each year, the month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month worldwide. The public awareness campaign, which was founded by the International Code Council, is designed to “help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.” Each year,...
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Plan for the Future

(Appeared in March 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) The adage, “Proper planning prevents poor performance,” applies to work and personal life. Planning assures we have the tools to succeed. Without planning we cannot be prepared for the future. So, what have you done to prepare yourself for the future? What have you done to educate yourself and assist your community? Have you created a five-year plan for yourself, your department and your community? We...
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May 3-6: NFSA 2017 Annual Seminar & North American Fire Sprinkler Expo

From May 3 to 6, 2017, the National Fire Sprinkler Association will host its 2017 Annual Seminar & North American Fire Sprinkler Expo, along with the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and Asociación Mexicana de Rociadores Automáticos Contra Incendio. Block room rate of $205/night Supplier and manufacturer exhibits Annual Awards Banquet 2nd Annual Common Voices Golf Classic Register before March 3 for Early Bird rates Click here for more information and registration  
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Love Is In The Air

(Appeared in February 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (February 14th, for those who are forgetful), our attention turns to love, but let’s not forget about fire safety. What romantic evening does not include a dinner by candlelight? Recent data from the NFPA shows that candles caused three percent of reported home fires and accounted for three percent of home fire deaths, six percent of home fire injuries,...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Spring 2017 Edition)

March 2017 Madison Slumberland Furniture The fire sprinkler system activated and contained a fire in the clearance storage area of the furniture store to a 30-by-30-foot area. Firefighters only took two minutes to extinguish the remaining fire. The preliminary determination was that an electrical fault may have been the cause. Ed Ruckriegel, Fire Marshal, City of Madison Fire Department   Racine Lincoln School Apartments Two fire sprinklers contained a fire that occurred when a...
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Burn Center Golf Invitational Has Now Raised Over $2.2 Million

Burn Center Golf Invitational Has Now Raised Over $2.2 Million

Article modified from Dan Gengler’s article in January 2017 edition of the PFFCWF Newsletter: The 28th annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) was hosted on August 29, 2016 and was another great success with more than $87,000 raised. The BCGI Steering Committee thanks all for their support and attendance. It was a great day and evening at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Under sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures, 160 golfers hit the Brute...
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