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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 –...
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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...
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Fire Safety for Our Future: Campus Fire Safety

(Appeared in August 2016 issue of The Dispatcher) As many students and their parents prepare for the trek to college in August, it may signal the first time new students live outside their homes or the first time returning students live in off-campus housing. Before they pack, it is a good time to review...
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Summertime: No Vacation for Fire Prevention

(Appeared in July 2016 issue of The Dispatcher) For many, summertime is a time of fun-filled weekends and vacations. It’s a time when we can relax and enjoy the warm weather. But we also must remember that fire prevention does not take vacations. We must be diligent to remind them people about the basics...
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Record of Success: Fire Sprinklers Save Fond du Lac’s Mercury Marine for Third Time in Three Years

On the night of April 27, the fire sprinkler system at Fond du Lac marine propulsion manufacturer, Mercury Marine, continued its record of success in suppressing fires by controlling a fire in a dust collector until fire crews arrived. Due to the quick response of the fire sprinkler system, no one was injured in...
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Fire Sprinklers At Work (Fall 2015 Edition)

October 2015 Madison Tommy Thompson Commerce Center Due to the quick response of a fire sprinkler system, no one was hurt in an overnight fire in the underground parking garage of the building. The sprinkler system extinguished the fire, which began when a power line shorted out in a storage room, and prevented the...
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Fire Sprinkler System Extinguishes Fire at Madison’s Tommy Thompson Commerce Center, Stark Contrast from Unsprinklered GEF-1 Fire in 2014

Due to the quick response of a fire sprinkler system, no one was hurt in an overnight fire on the morning of October 21, 2015, in the underground parking garage of the Tommy Thompson Commerce Center in Madison. The sprinkler system extinguished the fire, which began when a power line shorted out in a...
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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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