The Fire Team USA Prevention Initiative funded through a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention Grant is “a special day and a half informational/training conference on fire protection” bringing important stakeholders together to improve public policy on fire protection with an emphasis on home fire sprinklers.
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<p> The team traveled to Charleston, SC for a two-day workshop on Sept. 1-2, 2010. Nearly 100 participants; including homebuilders, building officials, fire chiefs, fire marshals and firefighters, traveled from four states (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) to attend the workshop.</p>
<p>The workshop emphasizes the need to influence public policy makers to understand the importance of protecting the community with fire protection, including home fire sprinkler requirements. Toward that end a state senator from SC was invited to address the audience.</p>
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The workshop culminates with a live side-by-side burn demonstration. If you would like to bring this workshop to your community, visit the Fire Team USA  website.
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