What can be accomplished when some of the top advocates for home fire sprinklers throughout the U.S. and Canada are brought under one roof?
In an effort to bolster the use and acceptance of this safety technology, chairs of the nearly 30 state sprinkler coalitions and key sprinkler supporters from Canada attended a special summit hosted by NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI). Differing in scope from previous summits hosted by FSI, the recent event held at NFPA headquarters aimed to energize these influencers in their push to lead effective coalitions while addressing common stumbling blocks.
The summit specifically addressed:
- keeping coalition members engaged while bringing other key parties to the coalition table
- how traditional media and social media can powerfully promote fire sprinklers and coalition efforts
- engaging and persuading the opponents about fire sprinklers
- how the fire service can use personal stories of fire and loss to their advantage
Honored at the summit was the Maryland State Firemen's Association via the Bringing Safety Home Award. Distributed by FSI and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), the award recognized fire service members and other safety advocates who use HFSC's educational materials and FSI resources to ensure that decision makers have accurate information when updating or adopting their fire sprinkler codes. The association was honored for their efforts in successfully defeating an anti-sprinkler bill in Maryland.
The summit was also coupled with the HFSC board meeting, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Check this blog frequently for updates on this celebration.