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2014 – Issue 1 – Spring

Call for Nominations: “Bringing Safety Home” Award

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present a national award that recognizes the outstanding local efforts of a fire chief who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems...
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Jim Pauley to Succeed James Shannon as NFPA President

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky, as the next president of NFPA. Pauley is currently senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric and will assume his new role in July. “For more than 115 years, NFPA has...
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Uniform Commercial Building Code Signed Into State Statute

A Wisconsin State Assembly committee voted 10-3 on March 6 to support a bill that would adopt a uniform commercial building code for Wisconsin. The legislation, put forward by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin and similar groups, would take away local governments’ ability to set commercial-building standards that are stricter than the...
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Gengler Rejoins NFSA-WI as Regional Manager

In January 2014, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) reappointed Dan Gengler to fill the position of regional manager for Wisconsin. Gengler is returning to the position he held for 11 years when he was the NFSA regional manager for the midwest area. His responsibilities will include educating the public and fire service about...
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UW-Whitewater Sorority Was in Process of Installing Fire Sprinkler System When Fire Occurred

On March 14, a morning fire at the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority house at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater campus displaced 23 students. The sorority was in the process of retrofitting a fire sprinkler system in the house and the system was not yet operational. State law has required all Greek housing to...
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Ashwaubenon Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens, Highlights Importance of State’s Multifamily Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Early in the morning on March 13, 30 people were displaced when a fire broke out in the unsprinklered 48-unit Creekwood Apartments building in Ashwaubenon. When firefighters arrived, flames were engulfing a third-floor balcony and the roof. By the time the fire was put out, one-quarter of the living units were damaged. While no...
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Save the Date: Burn Center Golf Invitational on August 25th

The 26th Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) will be held Monday, August 25, 2014. The golf outing will be played for the 21st straight year at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Register by April 30th for lower fees and extra golfers. In the past 25 years,...
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Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives: 10 Years Later

It’s hard to believe but it has been 10 years since fire officials from across the nation descended upon Tampa, Florida, for a summit to discuss prevention of firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODD) and injuries. The result of the summit was the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, which has had a positive effect on the...
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Building Safety Month Focuses on Fire Sprinkler Protection

This May, jurisdictions across the United States will celebrate advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes as part of the International Code Council‘s (ICC) national Building Safety Month. For the last 34 years, the Building Safety Month campaign has focused on improving public safety by increasing awareness about how building...
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Fire Sprinkler System Prevents Repeat of Major Fire at Madison Apartment Complex

Courtesy of City of Madison Fire Department press release: On July 14, 2007, a fire caused $3.5 million damage to a 41-unit building in the Glacier Hills apartment complex in the City of Madison. The building was a total loss, all of the residents were displaced and one firefighter suffered a hand injury. Fire...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Spring 2014 Edition)

March 2014 Appleton Riverwalk Place The apartment building’s fire sprinkler system extinguished a kitchen fire in a second-floor unit before fire crews arrived. The fire began when a simmering stovetop potpourri overheated, ignited and spread to an over-the-range microwave. No one was injured. Appleton Post-Crescent February 2014 Eau Claire St. John’s Apartments The fire...
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NFSA-WI Urges Racine School Board to Include Fire Sprinklers in Renovation of Fire-Ravaged Mitchell Elementary School

On February 27, an overnight fire at Mitchell Elementary School in Racine caused the roof to collapse; now students will be bused to another location indefinitely. According to fire officials, fire sprinklers were present in portions of the building, but not where the fire occurred. Dan Gengler, retired fire official and regional manager for...
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Wisconsin Among First Three States To Issue Proclamation for Campus Fire Safety Month 2014

Courtesy of Campus Firewatch: Wisconsin, Illinois and Georgia are the first three states to issue proclamations for National Campus Fire Safety Month in 2014. In the 10 years of the program, there have been 267 proclamations issued, plus resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, helping raise awareness about the importance...
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Home Fire Sprinklers: Ask for Them!

When a new home is built in an area where codes do not require fire sprinklers to be installed, and the homebuilder does not offer sprinklers as an option, many homebuyers are not aware that they can ask for fire sprinklers. Every time a new home is built without fire sprinklers, generations of families...
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