Fire Sprinkler Initiative highlights lightweight construction threat at FDIC 2013

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Apr 26, 2013

Over 25,000 firefighters are gathered at the Fire Department Instructors Conference 2013 (FDIC) taking place this week in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) is present.

Maria and TimAn exhibit, staffed by Eastern Regional Fire Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers and Maria Figueroa, communications project manager for FSI, emphasizes the threats that lightweight construction, new homes, and modern contents pose to firefighter safety. Home fire sprinklers offset these threats; protecting home occupants and firefighters by providing additional escape time and maintaining a tenable atmosphere.

“It is important that firefighters are aware of these dangers and that they support fire sprinkler requirements in all new one- and two-family homes and townhomes,” said Travers.

All who visit are able to view the newly developed Lightweight Construction and Firefighter Safety presentation, running continuously at the booth.

Future firefighters from Central Nine Career Center Public Safety Academy in Greenwood, Indiana, watch the presentation
The exhibit also includes a new sidewinder display listing the latest statistics on firefighter deaths and injuries that occur in homes built with lightweight construction, and the impact of fire sprinklers in increasing firefighter safety during fires at these structures.


IN recruits
Future firefighters visit the exhibit
All major fire service organizations; the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) support the home fire sprinkler requirement and affirmed their support by approving the inclusion of their logos in the display.

Visit the firefighter resources section of the FSI site to learn more and to obtain a free copy of the lightweight presentation.