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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Fall 2017 Edition)

October 2017 Glendale Fire at Apartment Building Home to Many Elderly and Disabled Firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the second floor of the Parkside Commons Apartment building at 1400 W. Custer Avenue in Glendale. Upon arrival, firefighters reported that smoke was coming from the second floor. Crews then located the fire coming from an apartment. Residents were already evacuating when the fire crew arrived. The fire department noticed a number...
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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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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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Time Is…

(Appeared in January 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) Since obtaining my EMT license decades ago, I remember the adage, “Time is Muscle,” when we were taught about the importance of getting someone experiencing a heart attack to the hospital. We learned the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms in order to expedite treatment and transport. Later, we learned that with a stroke, “Time is Brain.” Again, the goal was to speed treatment to...
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Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Cold Weather Months

Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Cold Weather Months

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The designers and installers of water-based fire protection systems, like automatic fire sprinkler systems, take into account seasonal variations in temperature. In cases where water-filled pipe cannot be protected from freezing, alternative methods are used. But most of the time, even in the coldest climates, the assumption is that the normal precautions taken to keep the building warm will, in turn, keep the fire sprinkler system from freezing....
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Time to Review the Year’s Accomplishments

(Appeared in December 2016 issue of The Dispatcher) The end of the calendar year is generally a time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and determine whether goals and objectives set at the end of the previous year were met. Hopefully, it is not a time of stress caused by frantic, last-minute hustling to complete the requirements and most important tasks. So, how did you do on your goals and objectives for fire prevention...
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New Study Documents Overwhelming Support of Home Fire Sprinklers by Consumers, Government Officials in States Requiring This Technology

New Study Documents Overwhelming Support of Home Fire Sprinklers by Consumers, Government Officials in States Requiring This Technology

A new study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation highlights positive opinions of home fire sprinklers by homeowners and most government officials in U.S. states required to fire sprinkler new homes. The new report, “Stakeholder Perceptions of Home Fire Sprinklers,” analyzes the opinions of three groups—government officials, homeowners, and water purveyors—following the passage of statewide requirements for home fire sprinklers. Researchers surveyed stakeholders in California and Maryland, where fire sprinklers are required in all...
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Devastating, Off-Campus Apartment Complex Fire in Whitewater Brings Up Question of Fire Safety

When a fire tore through the off-campus, 107-unit University Garden Apartments in Whitewater last night, some residents were forced to risk injury and jump out of second-story windows. Fortunately, everyone escaped unharmed but now the entire building has been closed and the living arrangements of hundreds of residents, many of whom are University of Wisconsin – Whitewater students, are now uncertain. “This devastating result certainly would not have occurred had there been fire sprinkler...
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Educational Efforts Must Continue Beyond Fire Prevention Month in October

(Appeared in November 2016 issue of The Dispatcher) The end of October generally represents a sign of relief for most members of the fire service. With Fire Prevention Week in October, the entire month often reflects the year’s largest push for fire safety and fire prevention education and measures. Fire officials visit schools, host open houses and fire station tours, and install smoke alarms to educate the public about the dangers of fire. Many...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Fall/Winter 2016 Edition)

December 2016 Waukesha Municipal Garage The fire sprinkler system at the city’s municipal garage confined a fire in a dump truck. Firefighters used a small water can to fully extinguish the fire. The remainder of the city’s snow and heavy equipment fleet was not damaged by the fire. No injuries were reported. City of Waukesha Fire Department press release   Oconomowoc Multifamily Building The fire sprinkler system in the building extinguished a cooking fire...
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Why Fire Sprinklers?

(Appeared in October 2016 issue of The Dispatcher) I am often asked, “Why install fire sprinklers in buildings?” When I was the assistant chief of the fire prevention bureau, I would answer the question from business owners with, “Fire sprinklers protect property.” I had seen firsthand the effect of fire on a business – the loss of inventory, issues dealing with the insurance settlement, clean up and renovation, loss of customers and loss of...
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VIDEO: Protect Your Family with Residential Fire Sprinklers

As national Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15) nears and fire departments prepare their public education activities for the weeklong event, a newly released video aims to educate homeowners about the dangers of fires in today’s homes as well as the benefits of home fire sprinklers. The hand-drawn whiteboard video can be found on YouTube. Home fire sprinkler protection is more important than ever to protect residents and responding firefighters. The National Fire...
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Is Your Fire Department Prepared?

(Appeared in September 2016 issue of The Dispatcher) It is the duty of a fire department to be prepared for the emergencies that may affect its community. As firefighters, we train on fires, vehicle extrication, EMS skills, hazardous materials response and other natural disaster responses. We review lessons learned from past incidents within the community and from other parts of the nation. We check our equipment to ensure it is in good working condition...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Summer 2016 Edition)

September 2016 Milwaukee Kangaroo Milwaukee The fire sprinkler system in the family-friendly entertainment facility contained an early morning fire as fire crews responded. WDJT-TV Madison Dragon I An automatic fire sprinkler system saved the downtown Asian fusion restaurant from a kitchen fire. The fire began due to what was thought to be a plastic cutting board left on top of a pot with the stove burner set on “low.” The fire sprinkler system contained...
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