In July, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team headed to the site of the future home of New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan. When we arrived, workers were scattered throughout the nearly completed home, sawing and drilling with purpose. Resting above our heads was Degnan's most prized feature in his home.
Degnan guided us to his home's basement and pointed to the exposed sprinkler piping, noting this safety feature was on his list of must-haves. "For 41 years, I've been in the fire service," said Degnan, a member of the New Hampshire Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "I've seen too many people with severe losses from fire over the years. Sprinklers are the single, most-important thing that can take us to the next level in protecting people in their homes.
Joining Degnan for NFPA's video case study was Jason Lyon, fire chief with the New London Fire Department and fire sprinkler supporter.