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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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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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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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NFSA Reacts to Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in 115th Congress

On March 9th, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) filed the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA), while Representatives Tom Reed (R- New York) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced the companion House legislation, to encourage building owners to invest in life-saving fire safety upgrades. The FSIA strengthens tax incentives for building owners...
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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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May 3-6: NFSA 2017 Annual Seminar & North American Fire Sprinkler Expo

From May 3 to 6, 2017, the National Fire Sprinkler Association will host its 2017 Annual Seminar & North American Fire Sprinkler Expo, along with the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and Asociación Mexicana de Rociadores Automáticos Contra Incendio. Block room rate of $205/night Supplier and manufacturer exhibits Annual Awards Banquet 2nd Annual Common Voices...
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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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Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Cold Weather Months

Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Cold Weather Months

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The designers and installers of water-based fire protection systems, like automatic fire sprinkler systems, take into account seasonal variations in temperature. In cases where water-filled pipe cannot be protected from freezing, alternative methods are used. But most of the time, even in the coldest climates, the assumption is...
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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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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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Register: NFSA Annual Seminar (May 3-6)

The National Fire Sprinkler Association’s 2016 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference will be held May 3-6, 2016, in Dana Point, California. The event will include national speakers who will provide valuable resources and information. It’s also important to note that capacity is limited, so reserve your spot while there is still availability....
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NFSA Members Can Vote in the 2016 ICC Group B Codes

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The new code development cycle is in full swing. This is a call-to-action to become an International Code Council (ICC) member by March of 2016. The specific deadline in March has not been posted by ICC yet, but do not delay because this is the key fire sprinkler...
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Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2015 is Filed in Congress

On September 22nd, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) filed S. 2068 and Representatives Tom Reed (R- New York) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced H.R. 3591, the companion house legislation, to encourage building owners to invest in life-saving fire safety upgrades. The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) strengthens tax incentives for...
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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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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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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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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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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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Gregg Huennekens Receives 2014 Golden Sprinkler Award from NFSA

Gregg Huennekens, CEO of USA Fire Protection, which has locations in Appleton, Madison, and New Berlin, received the Golden Sprinkler Award, the highest honor awarded by the National Fire Sprinkler Association at its Annual Meeting. The Golden Sprinkler Award recognizes individuals for their dedication to NFSA and the entire fire sprinkler industry. Huennekens has...
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Shane Ray Named Executive Vice President of NFSA

Shane Ray of Columbia, South Carolina has been named Executive Vice President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). He began work in mid-July. “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of this position and am excited to return to the NFSA team,” added Ray. “My passion for fire prevention and a non-typical...
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