Carpenter apprentices learn valuable lessons about home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Dec 11, 2013

Students from the Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School in Ferndale, Michigan got a first-hand lesson in fire prevention when they took part in classroom instruction and a side-by-side, live burn demonstration, provided by the Ferndale Fire Department.

The fire department participates in the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) Built-for-Life fire department program and received a stipend from HFSC to conduct the program.

Eighteen apprentices and staff, led by eight firefighters built the units that were used to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of home fire sprinklers. One unit was equipped with a smoke alarm and a fire sprinkler; the second unit was equipped with a smoke alarm.


“The students were amazed at how fast the fire flashed over and consumed the furniture in the (unprotected) room…,” said Brian Batten, Fire Marshal of the Ferndale Fire Department. The sprinkler in the protected room activated within one-and-a-half minutes and extinguished the blaze.

The Ferndale Fire Department plans to conduct another burn for the school in February, when new students join, followed by another two burns which six months.

Fire marshal Batten thanked HFSC for the opportunity. “I believe it will definitely make a difference as we repeat the training and these apprentices go out and build or renovate homes,” he said.