Members of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition have received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fire sprinkler two new homes. While the grant will cover the installation costs in homes, the money will second as a public education tactic for the necessity of home fire sprinklers in all new homes.
"We'd really like to get the message out [that] if you are building a new house, consider putting a sprinkler system in," Greg Kleinberg, a coalition member and fire marshal for Medford Fire-Rescue, told the local media. His department and Ashland Fire and Rescue received the grant. "They will save your family's lives, and they will save your property."
Kleinberg told NFPA that fire sprinkler contractors are currently bidding on the project, and the installations will be completed by January. Check this blog often for updates to this story. In the meantime, watch this news clip highlighting the installations.