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Fred Durso
Photo: GoFundMe   Earlier this month, firefighter Jason Penwell was en route to a fire in a neighborhood that was oddly familiar; the neighborhood was his. Making the experience all the more tragic, it was his home in flames.    "I happened to be at the firehouse at the time [the call came in] and never thought it could be my house," he told the… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
You may be familiar with this eye-catching fire timeline created by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC). This visual is a great accompaniment to any public education outing featuring home fire sprinkler or for social media sharing. Now, HFSC has animated the timeline, and in the process has created something even more compelling.    Check… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Could Canadian building codes include a requirement for home fire sprinklers?   Currently investigating this requirement is a task force formed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes that recently completed a report on sprinkler cost and benefits. The analysis will aid the commission as it updates Canada's National Building Code.… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
NFPA praises the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which offers significant incentives for fire sprinkler installation. “Our research time and again stresses the life-saving importance of fire sprinkler protection,” says NFPA President Jim Pauley. “The financial incentives allowed by this act will undoubtedly lead to safer… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Right before Christmas, 74-year-old Janice Tyrrell got a phone call every parent dreads. The caller stated that there had been a fire at the home of her daughter, Theresa Freeman, a 55-year-old disabled woman. "On the day it happened, we got a phone call about 8 a.m., to say that the fire brigade was there at her house," Tyrell told the Cambridge… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
The following commentary was written by Paul Eichler, chair of the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition. His words have been picked up or quoted by a handful of media outlets:    Delaware has suffered another fire fatality, over one million dollars of fire damage/property loss and an undeterminable amount of air and water pollution in just the last… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
The following true story about an unusual fire "sprinkler" save was sent to us by Chief David McClarty of the Lilbourn, Missouri, Fire Department:  The odd circumstances around a fire occurring in rural New Madrid County, Missouri, demonstrated the advantages of rapid water application to a fire in its incipient stage. On the evening of January… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A new study soon to be examined by the Las Vegas City Council states council members should enact an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in the city's new, one- and two-family homes.    This analysis was commissioned by the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). According to a story in the Las Vegas… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
  We've made some big changes to  NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative website. We're hoping the additions and new categories make it easier for you to find the resources that can aid your pitch for home fire sprinklers and requirements for this technology in new homes.    Some of the site changes include:    a responsve design, meaning that the… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Looking to get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible? Travel with Tim Travers.   During one of my first work journeys with him, the minute we entered the airport, he stopped our conversation and beelined it at warp speed to TSA pre-check. My attempts to catch up to him were fruitless; next time I saw him, he was sitting cozy at the… (Show more)
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