Sprinkler summit features side-by-side burn demonstration

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 18, 2014

A dramatic demonstration of how quickly fire sprinklers can extinguish a home fire was featured at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA.

The side-by-side burn demonstration showed the difference between fires in two identically equipped rooms: one fitted with automatic sprinklers, the other with no sprinklers. These types of demonstrations bring home the facts about how quickly a fire in an unsprinklered home can spread -- and how little time there is for residents to escape.

The demonstration was narrated by Shawn Olson, chair of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

Shawn Olson at burn demo

Jeff LaFlam at burn demo
Jeff LaFlam, chair of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was interviewed about the sprinkler demonstration by an Oregon TV station.

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has developed a tool kit to help fire departments – large and small – build a side-by-side burn demonstration unit for their communities. The kit includes a video, printed instructions with easy-to follow photographs, itemized materials and tools lists, guidance for educational outreach, materials to help you gain local sponsors, and much more.

See videos of other sprinkler demonstrations hosted in local communities.

Special thanks to Nanette Tatom, public information officer for Gig Harbor (WA) Fire & Medic One, for providing photos from the summit.