Western Fire Chiefs Association president weighs in with Fighting Fire with Facts

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on May 7, 2013

WFCA presidentIn a recent Daily Dispatch column, Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) President Mark Wendelsdorf makes the case for residential fire sprinkler data by citing the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) “unique position to spotlight this life saving technology as part of its reporting system.”

Chief Wendelsdorf talks about the importance of USFA reports titled Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings and Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings detailing information found in the data from 2009 to 2011, with no mention of civilian injuries, or fatalities, in residential buildings protected with fire sprinkler systems. He guesses that the number of reported injuries and deaths (in residential buildings with fire sprinklers) was either none, or was so small that it was considered (statistically) insignificant; but that this “should speak volumes.”

On behalf of the WFCA, he thanks the USFA for its “continued effort to fight fire with facts.” He encourages the USFA to “include data sets pertaining to residential fire sprinklers in future reports to help the fire service win the information battle in every state.”

Access the free NFPA Research/Reports on the subject.