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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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NFSA-WI Sponsors Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

NFSA-WI Sponsors Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

On May 11, 2107, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association held a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration hosted at the Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Green Bay, WI.
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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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Register: Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit (May 11)

On May 11, 2017, numerous fire service and fire safety organizations will host the Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. The summit will provide valuable information to citizens, homeowners, legislators, builders, architects, fire service, and building code officials about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers...
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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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New Study Documents Overwhelming Support of Home Fire Sprinklers by Consumers, Government Officials in States Requiring This Technology

New Study Documents Overwhelming Support of Home Fire Sprinklers by Consumers, Government Officials in States Requiring This Technology

A new study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation highlights positive opinions of home fire sprinklers by homeowners and most government officials in U.S. states required to fire sprinkler new homes. The new report, “Stakeholder Perceptions of Home Fire Sprinklers,” analyzes the opinions of three groups—government officials, homeowners, and water purveyors—following the passage of...
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VIDEO: Protect Your Family with Residential Fire Sprinklers

As national Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15) nears and fire departments prepare their public education activities for the weeklong event, a newly released video aims to educate homeowners about the dangers of fires in today’s homes as well as the benefits of home fire sprinklers. The hand-drawn whiteboard video can be found...
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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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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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Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Receives National Grant for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative has awarded the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition a $10,000 Bringing Safety Home Grant to further the acceptance of fire sprinklers in Wisconsin’s new homes. Home fires both locally and nationally are still a major threat for residents. Eighty percent of all U.S. fire deaths are...
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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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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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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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Injuries to Firefighter and Civilians in Racine House Fire Reveal Shortfalls of Fire & Building Codes

An electrical failure in a bedroom wall outlet of a Racine home was the suspected cause of an overnight fire on July 30 that caused injuries to three adults and one firefighter. The adult residents were transported to the hospital after suffering from minor burns and/or smoke inhalation, while the firefighter was treated for...
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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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Fire Sprinkler Ordinances: An Important Lesson in Grassroots Efforts

Courtesy of NFPA’s “Fire Sprinkler Initiative” blog: This may come as a surprise to fire sprinkler opponents, but the website Grassroots Change has named the home fire sprinkler movement “one of the most successful public safety efforts” in America within the past three decades. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Public...
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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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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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Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Winter

The cold temperatures are upon us. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water damage by reminding local residents and businesses to simply check to be sure their fire sprinkler systems are protected for the colder weather temperatures, especially below freezing. The Wisconsin Chapter of the National...
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Fire Prevention Week: Recent Fires in Wisconsin Highlight Importance of State’s Fire Sprinkler Requirements for New Multifamily Dwellings

Over the last month leading up to National Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12), the amount of fires in Wisconsin occurring in older multifamily dwellings that are not protected with fire sprinklers has steadily increased, leaving dozens of occupants displaced and communities rallying to provide occupants with everyday necessities and shelter. September 11 – City...
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NAHB: Homebuyers Can Afford Higher Priced Homes – Not Fire Sprinklers?

Reposted from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: By Maria Figueroa According to an article from Housing Wire, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is convincing buyers that they can afford a higher priced new home by utilizing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing &...
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Survey: Americans’ Misconceptions about Fire Safety in the Home

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) revealed that 65 percent of Americans feel safer from the dangers of fire at home. Only 10 percent feel safer in a commercial or public building. “This is an alarming misconception,” said Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s program manager. “Actually, fires in dwellings...
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NFPA: Total Cost of Fire Up 38 Percent from 1980

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released an updated report on the Total Cost of Fire in the United States. It can be seen from the report that the total cost of fire in 2010, adjusted for inflation, is 38 percent higher than in 1980, while its proportion of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)...
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Call for Nominations: “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

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 official who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems...
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While Fire Hydrant Failed, Home Fire Sprinklers Could Have Prevented Fire Death in Ashland

A fire hydrant failed while fire crews were on scene to battle an early morning house fire in the City of Ashland on Sunday, May 12, that claimed the life of one person. The fire hydrant was plugged with metal debris that kept it from functioning properly, so firefighters had to use valuable time...
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