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Fred Durso
Fire chief Keith Brower was en route to a home fire when mayday was called. "I was approximately seven to eight miles out, and my heart stopped,” Brower says. “It literally froze me. It was chilling.”   Fortunately, four firefighters escaped the burning home, but one sustained serious burns. His injuries forced him to retire. “When I see this… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Showcasing North America's growing support for home fire sprinklers, the province of British Columbia initiated Canada's first fire sprinkler coalition this month.    NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has updated its sprinkler coalition map to include the country of Canada, the new coalition (which advocates are calling the British Columbia Fire… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
I recently had a chat with a number of fire and life safety educators, and the majority of them said the public is vastly unaware of home fire sprinkler operation or the necessity of this technology. Hollywood's portrayal of fire sprinklers, they added, doesn't help.     You, our fire sprinkler advocates, can be a valuable mythbuster. The more… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
A new residential subdivision will likely include home fire sprinklers following a pitch by a code official.    In order to forego an extremely wide boulevard entrance for the new development that's meant to accommodate emergency vehicles, a town director of building and codes convinced the developer, Pete Belmonte, to fire sprinkler the homes.… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
The dedication and passion that our advocates for home fire sprinklers possess is nothing short of admirable. Those attending NFPA's Conference and Expo in Boston this week got the chance to share their passion with other members of the now 30, state-based coalitions and Canadian advocates during an informal meet and greet. Public educators were… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Following pointed comments to the media about Pennsylvania's lack of fire sprinkler laws, another safety advocate has come forth with an urgent plea to change the status quo.    Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones is also calling for the increased use of this technology in many settings, including homes. "I'm hopeful there can be some legislation… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
It's a good year to be a Canadian advocate for home fire sprinklers.    First, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) recently launched a new website targeting Canadian fire service and other stakeholder groups interested in home fire sprinklers. Second, HFSC's popular stipend program that gives American fire departments dollars to further… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
Attention film lovers: tired of Hollywood misrepresenting fire sprinklers? Do you get irate when a character willingly sets off a fire alarm, only to activate every fire sprinkler in the process? (I'm looking at you, Tim Meadows.)    Our friends at the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) are taking action to set the record straight on… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
In the latest edition of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter, read about a new study featured on “Good Morning America” underscoring children’s inability to wake when smoke alarms sound. You’ll also read about:   • an undercover investigation revealing homebuilders inflating costs for home fire sprinklers • another state forming a fire… (Show more)
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Fred Durso
"I don't think anyone has ever asked me, 'Hey, I'd like to put a fire sprinkler system in my home," Illinois homebuilder Tim Koontz told an NBC affiliate during a recent news segment. "Our position has been that [sprinklers] should be customer choices."   However, homeowner Ken Sparrow considers this technology "a must" and not an option after… (Show more)
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