Missouri summit thrusts home fire sprinklers into the spotlight

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Mar 16, 2015


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Knowledge is power. 


That seemed to be the underlying tagline during the Missouri Sprinkler Summit, an inaugural event hosted by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Utilizing the brain power of some of America's sprinkler experts, the event gave residents of the Show Me State compelling viewpoints on the necessity of home fire sprinklers. 


Creating a localized forum for sprinkler edification has its benefits; the Oregon and Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalitions co-hosted a similar event last year, and the networking opportunities there led to an interesting sprinkler success story in Washington.

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Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Rick Ennis discusses firefighter safety and sprinklers at Missouri Sprinkler Summit

Aiming for similar successes, organizers for the Missouri event rounded up eager attendees and presenters, including: 

    • Fire Chief and Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Rick Ennis, who discussed how sprinklers are a crucial component of firefighter safety

Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory board and one of North America's most revered sprinkler advocates

Peg Paul with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

Matt Klaus, NFPA's sprinkler expert who discussed crucial components of NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes+

An eye-opening component of the event was a firsthand look at the Columbia, Missouri, Fire Department's live burn/sprinkler demonstration trailer. Congratulations to the coalition for hosting such a successful event. 


If you're looking for some additional inspiration from other sprinkler players throughout North America, head on over to the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site for presenter synopses from NFPA's regional sprinkler summits.

!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Meet burn survivor Jeff Jordan, an important voice in the push for home fire sprinklers
!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Burn survivor's harrowing experience highlighted in NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter