The Maryland State Fireman’s Association, a member of the Maryland Fire Sprinkler Coalition, was a recipient of the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Grant, which proved critical in their fight against legislation to weaken the state’s sprinkler requirement for new homes. The association was awarded $10,000, which funded educational efforts on the importance of home fire sprinklers.
The grant funded two mobile trailers that traveled throughout the state to conduct side-by-side burn demonstrations. In total, 19 burn demonstrations took place in 2016. Additionally, the grant was used to produce educational materials for legislators at the state capital and within their communities, and to host a booth at the Maryland Association of Counties. Ultimately, the efforts paid off as the anti-sprinkler bill died in committee.
For more information on the Maryland coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.