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2015 – Issue 1 – Summer

Call for Nominations: 2015 “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are accepting applications for the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers. The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who...
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Register: WI Fire Sprinkler Coalition Summit (Sept. 9)

On September 9, 2015, the newly formed Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host a fire sprinkler summit at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The summit will provide valuable information about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers to homeowners, legislators, builders, architects, fire service, and building code officials. The cost to attend the summit...
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Home Fire Sprinklers: A Status Update

Four years have passed since the January 1, 2011, effective date established by the International Residential Code (IRC) for newly constructed homes to have fire sprinkler systems, and while adoption of this requirement at the state and local level has trailed initial expectations, measurable progress has been and continues to be made. Two states,...
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HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of NFFF, and Chief Kevin Quinn, chairman of NVFC, will represent the groups on the Board. “Our Board of Directors...
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Newly Formed Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Aims to Curb Fire Deaths in the State

Home fires in Wisconsin are frequent, and deadly. Over the past decade, Wisconsin has experienced more than 400 civilian deaths, 1,800 civilian injuries, and 1,500 firefighter injuries from homes fires. Recognizing these alarming rates, fire officials and fire safety advocates recently announced the reestablishment of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition on June 26 at...
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A Message from New State Coordinator, 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...
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Make a Convincing Case for Home Fire Sprinklers

Make a Convincing Case for Home Fire Sprinklers

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A Final Message from Outgoing Regional Manager, Dan Gengler

A Final Message from Outgoing Regional Manager, Dan Gengler

Many already know that my 16-year tenure as National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Regional Manager for the State of Wisconsin has closed. It has been a pleasure to serve the great state, including Illinois and Minnesota. Marty King will now be taking the lead as your NFSA representative. Marty is an action-oriented person that...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Summer 2015 Edition)

Fire Sprinklers At Work (Summer 2015 Edition)

June 2015 Eau Claire Huebsch Linen Services A fire that occurred in some uniforms and rags at the uniform company’s building was kept small by the fire sprinkler system until fire crews arrived on scene. Damage was estimated at only $20,000. WEAU-TV   Madison YWCA The building’s fire sprinkler system helped prevent major damage...
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Shane Ray Named President of National Fire Sprinkler Association

Shane Ray Named President of National Fire Sprinkler Association

At the National Fire Sprinkler Association‘s (NFSA) Annual Seminar from April 29 to May 2, the organization officially announced Shane Ray as its new president. He succeeds former NFSA president Russ Fleming. Ray rejoined the organization as executive vice president in mid-July 2014. He had previously been employed by the NFSA from 2006-2010 before...
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Wisconsin Burn Survivor’s Story and Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Earn Award from Wisconsin Broadcasting Association

Wisconsin Burn Survivor’s Story and Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Earn Award from Wisconsin Broadcasting Association

On May 2, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association announced that a public service announcement featuring burn survivor Jeff Jordan won the organization’s “Best PSA for Large Market Radio” as part of its 2014 Awards for Excellence. The PSA, which was created by the nonprofit Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-WI) and produced...
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One Year After Mitchell Elementary School Fire: Are Students and Staff Any Safer?

One year ago, on February 27, 2014, Mitchell Elementary School in Racine suffered an overnight fire that caused the roof to collapse. Fire officials stated that fire sprinklers were only present in portions of the building, but not where the fire occurred. When Racine Unified School District officials decided to tear down and rebuild...
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Voters Choose Sprinklers After Oconto School Fire; Other Communities Must Follow

Following an April 2014 fire that caused over $5 million in damage at the unsprinklered Oconto High School building, Oconto Fire Chief Jack Mlnarik worked closely with Oconto Unified School District officials to educate them about the importance of installing fire sprinklers in its three aging buildings. Together, Chief Mlnarik and the Wisconsin Chapter...
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Research: Today’s Home Fires Burning Faster

The latest fire tests and research from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) indicate that home fires are burning faster and hotter than fires of the past — a growing issue for responding firefighters. While new homes have many advantages, they also present many unique fire hazards. According...
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The NAHB “Pricing Out” Farce – Spinning Statistics

Courtesy of Buddy Dewar (NFSA VP of Regional Operations) As local governments attempt to adopt national model codes that include the fire sprinkler requirement, homebuilders argue that the added cost of fire sprinklers will chase away potential homebuyers. Homebuilders often cite the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) spun statistics by saying, “According to...
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Another Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity Home Protected with Fire Sprinklers

A new Habitat for Humanity home built in Fond du Lac has the distinct advantage of fire sprinkler protection should there ever be a fire. The home, which houses a family of four, is the third Habitat for Humanity home in as many years to feature a fire sprinkler system that is designed to...
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The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association is on Facebook! “Like” WI Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association on Facebook and you will receive the latest updates!
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