A recent edition of The Advertiser News, a community newspaper in Spring Hill, TN includes commentary on the importance of fire sprinkler systems in new homes by Spring Hill Fire Department Chief Jim Swindle.
The chief covers most myths associated with home fire sprinkler systems and makes an excellent case for the need to have fire sprinklers in the home. He is most concerned about “people living outside the city that may not even have fire hydrants or any fire protection at all.”
A Harris Interactive poll revealed that firefighters ranked as the most trusted profession in the United States with 61% percent of respondents finding them trustworthy, and holding “high regard” for them. Based on this, firefighters have won half the battle with regards to the home fire sprinkler initiative.
If every fire chief wrote an opinion/editorial piece emphasizing this important life safety message and submitted it to their community newspaper for publication it would greatly increase community awareness of the issue.
It is painfully understood that fire chiefs and other fire service professionals face political realities. It it just as imperative “do the right thing” for the community. They need to hear from you because you are the ones they trust with their lives.
I leave you with this inspiring quote: "In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilirating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely and then act boldly."