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2017 – Issue 2 – Winter

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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