NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home® (FSI) is represented at the annual National Association of Counties' (NACo) 76th Annual Conference and Exposition being held at the Portland, Oregon Convention Center this week.
NACo is the national organization representing county government. The conference "provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association." County officials who attend the conference "vote on NACo’s policies related to federal legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; find out about issues impacting counties across the country; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors."
Participants who stopped at the booth; staffed by Maria Figueroa, Regional Director of Fire Prevention and Dennis Mathisen, Regional Fire Spinkler Specialist, received FSI brochures, the FSI Fact Sheet, and Myth v. Facts handout.
The "Faces of Fire" display attracted much attention and was the main draw for many participants who came by the booth. A commissioner from Lafayette County, NC commented that Princella Bridges' picture is what caught his attention and made him stop. He provided his contact information for follow up, indicating that he would like to obtain more information to pursue the requirement in his community.
Reaching important policy makers is vital to advance home fire sprinkler requirements in one- and two-family homes and townhomes. Participation at this event is crucial and demonstrates NFPA's committment to reach out to essential stakeholders.