Take a gander at this mobile beauty, a trailer 24 feet in length that's giving Washington residents an up-close-and-personal look at residential sprinklers. Since hitting the road five years ago, the trailer has managed to keep on trucking.
What has made this eye-catching vehicle so popular is its contents; half of the compartmentalized trailer is used for live burn and sprinkler demonstrations while the other half is filled with educational materials. For instance, in the educational compartment, there's a freestanding, 300-gallon tank and pump that's in accordance with NFPA 13D: Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, and looping videos of NFPA's Faces of Fire, a component of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative that underscores personal stories of those impacted by home fires. One of the videos on heavy rotatation is the story of Princella Lee Bridges, who received burns on nearly half her body after attempting to save her daughter from a burning building.
"There are so many different messages out there, but the one we’re trying to drive home is the effectiveness of fire sprinklers and how fire sprinklers change lives," Deputy State Fire Marshal Ken Dellsite at the Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal tells NFPA. "A little bit of water [on that house fire] could have changed Princella's whole life. That’s why we’re using the Faces of Fire videos, to connect with folks. Everyone has a story, everyone in a fire is affected by it."
Dellsite says the trailer was funded through the licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and other sources, and has gotten quite a response at a number of public events around Washington. For more information on sprinkler advocacy efforts in the Evergreen State, contact the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition.