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Fred Durso
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has taken the guesswork out of creating a live fire/sprinkler demonstration via its free, downloadable guide. Following the success of this resource, HFSC has created its latest tool: a step-by-step guide for building your own home fire sprinkler display.   The display mimics a fire sprinkler riser in… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
NFPA has released its latest "Home Structure Fires" report. As is the case with its previous reports on this topic, the data is a cause for concern.    Here are some of the highlights from the new report:    NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year during the five-year-period of… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Keith Flood (second from right) is the 2017 recipient of the Bringing Safety Home Award. Honoring Flood during NFPA's recent Sprinkler Coalition Chair Summit was (from left) Fred Durso, communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative; Tim Travers, NFPA regional sprinkler specialist; NFPA President Jim Pauley; and Lorraine Carli, NFPA… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Fighting back tears, Bobby O'Neal, Sr., described the day he received the call that the home his 32-year-old son was living in was in flames. His son eventually died from the incident.    “I feel like if [home fire sprinklers were] mandatory, it would save a lot of lives,” O’Neal told a CBS station in Texas. “It would have been a big aid that day… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Students in New York not only got to witness the incredible impact of home fire sprinklers--they helped build its power.    High schoolers from Troy and Rochester, New York, with an interest in construction built from scratch two pods simulating living rooms. One unit included a home fire sprinkler, the other didn't. According to a recent article… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
The U.S.has seen its share of natural disasters this year. Following Hurricane Harvey, in particular, which ravaged parts of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplied manufactured housing units to area residents. One unique feature of these units: all of them included fire sprinklers.    This technology will make its way into… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A single residential fire sprinkler had extinguished a fire on a desk located in a second-floor home office.   The communications team at the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition alerted us to two likely tragedies averted thanks to fire sprinkler activations in the same fire district.    According to a story on HFSC's blog, the Novato Fire District now… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Every day seven people die from American home fires, and another 13,000 are injured each year. These statistics, while important, are only a small piece of America's complex home fire problem.   NFPA has released a new, five-part podcast series that answers the question: What follows a home fire? Through the story of one family, we are giving… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
The following commentary was written by Gregg A. Cleveland, chair of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition:   There is a lot of discussion about changing the culture of the fire service today. In my nearly 40 years in the fire service, I have witnessed a lot of positive change; firefighters smoking cigarettes are rare, most all firefighters… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Speaking out in support of home fire sprinklers is an effective way of getting the public's attention on a technology that might be foreign to them. Doing just that is Brian Bechtel, chief inspector with the Crawfordsville, Indiana, Fire Department. He recently wrote a piece for The Paper, a local publication, that underscores a plethora of myths… (Show more)
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