One chief’s perspective: On dead babies, emotions and sprinklers

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 16, 2012

Billy GoldfederEarlier this week FireRescue1.com published an article written by Chief Billy Goldfeder - Deputy Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department, and Director, Safety, Health and Survival Section for IAFC – where he presents a scathing opinion on the home fire sprinkler requirement debate.

Citing recent fires where children died in Maine and Wisconsin, he offers a personal account on the subject and points out the unavoidable emotional impact of fatal home fires on firefighters and grieving survivors.

NFPA statistics reveal that the very young and the very old are at highest risk of death from home fires. Chief Goldfeder says;“Babies who die in fires never had a chance to make a fire-sprinkler decision,” arguing that home fire sprinklers should not be a matter of consumer choice.

In the article Chief Goldfeder concludes; ‘If these horrific pre-holiday fires don't emotionally impact those who won't support fire sprinkler legislation, then it's further defining of what their true "non-emotional" priorities are.’

Read the article