(The Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition was a 2016 recipient of NFPA's Bringing Safety Home Grant. From left: NFPA Regional Director Randy Safer; coalition chairs Wendy Niles and Kingman Schuldt; and NFPA Regional Sprinkler Specialist Tim Travers)
Formed only a few months ago, the Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition is already making headlines.
The coalition was featured in the August 2016 edition of Florida Fire Service, the publication for the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association, for its goal to increase statewide acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers. As is the case in many North American regions, Florida has a home fire problem; between 2005 and 2014, there were approximately 230,000 home fires that resulted in 70 percent of Florida’s fire deaths. These fires also caused $2.5 billion in property damage.
“We’re losing the battle," says Wendy Niles, the coalition's co-chair, in the article. "We still have fire deaths that are not going away."
With help from a $10,000 grant awarded by NFPA (see who else received one this year), the coalition kickstarted its efforts this year to promote fire sprinklers, including the launch of a statewide contest on developing an education campaign. "Because of the coalition, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference in every community, with every family," said Kingman Schuldt, the coalition's co-chair. "I have never been more excited to support an initiative that can impact our communities in such a positive manner."
Read the full article about the coalition.