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A Message from New State Coordinator, Marty King

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New NFSA-WI Regional Manager Marty King

Upon the recent departure of Dan Gengler, former West Allis fire official Marty King has taken over as state coordinator of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Below is an introduction from Marty:

I have been part of the fire service since 1979. I started with the Stone Bank Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT. I was hired by the West Allis Fire Department in 1987 and became a fire inspector in 1990, paramedic in 1995, lieutenant and public information officer in 1998, captain in 2001, and assistant chief of fire prevention in 2002. I retired from the West Allis Fire Department in February 2015. I have been fortunate to serve on the Wisconsin Fire Prevention Code Committee from 2004 until 2012. I have taught at the National Fire Academy since 2004. I am a member of Vision 20/20 working on community risk reduction and performance measures for fire prevention programs. I am married with four children and two grandchildren.

Spending the last seventeen years as a fire officer and investigator, I have seen the effects of fire upon owners and occupants of buildings. Although smoke alarms alert occupants to a fire (when working) so they can escape, the fire still has a tremendous impact on their lives. Homeowners deal with a loss of personal items, clothes, family photos/videos, furniture, keepsakes, medicine, and records/data. They are often displaced for months. Business owners lose customers, employees and intangible good before they are able to reopen.

In contrast, I have seen the relief of owners and occupants when their fire sprinkler systems protect them and their property, allowing them to occupy or reopen the building in a fraction of the time.

As a fire marshal, I have seen the professionalism of the fire sprinkler company personnel when dealing with owners, occupants, other trades, and fire and building inspection officials. I have been impressed with the knowledge and commitment to installation of fire sprinkler systems according to the code.

The partnership of the National Fire Sprinkler Association with the fire service to provide fire safety is important. The classes provided by the NFSA to its members and the fire service are paramount to providing the apex of fire safety to the community. Fire sprinklers save lives and property, especially the lives of firefighters.

I look forward to working with the fire sprinkler industry and the Wisconsin fire service in a new capacity through the NFSA!

 

Sincerely,

Marty King
State Coordinator
National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter

 

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