Cindy Giedraitis (left), regional manager with the National Fire Sprinkler Association, joined Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy (right) in presenting a fire sprinkler award to Tim Dedear, the Farmers Branch, Texas, Fire Department's deputy chief/fire marshal, and Wendi Kimpton, the department's fire prevention training coordinator
A number of safety professionals across the U.S. have received a pat on the back for prioritizing fire sprinklers.
The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition recently honored two fire departments for promoting fire sprinkler activations via the media. The Farmers Branch Fire Department was recognized for receiving the highest number of sprinkler activations--seven in total--in Texas in 2016. Receiving the award was Tim Dedear, the department's deputy chief/fire marshal, and Wendi Kimpton, the department's fire prevention training coordinator.
The coalition also honored the Conroe Fire Department for publishing three sprinkler saves and producing news releases published by local media. Accepting the award was Andy Nokes, the department's lieutenant/deputy fire marshal, and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Legoudes, Jr.
Similarly, Division Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Behlings with the Rapid City, South Dakota, Fire Department received the 2016 Fire Sprinklers Saves Lives Award. Presented by the American Fire Sprinkler Association, the award recognizes individuals who generate public awareness of this life-saving technology.
Behlings was pivotal in initiating the Rapid City Life Safety Loan Program, which supports fire sprinkler retrofitting. A member of the South Dakota Fire Sprinkler Coalition, he also has assisted with amending the state fire code to significantly reduce the threshold for requiring fire sprinklers in certain settings.
Congratulations to all of recipients!
Is there a fire sprinkler advocate in your region that deserves recognition? Let NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative know, and we may be able to highlight their efforts on this blog.