We've always said that fire service members can be some of the best voices in support of home fire sprinklers. Here's proof.
The Chilliwack Fire Department in British Columbia publicly praised a fire sprinkler activation. A fire that initiated on a stovetop was quickly extinguished by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. "Early control and suppression of the fire by the sprinkler system significantly limited damage to a small area around the stove and kitchen cabinets," Assistant Fire Chief Chris Wilson told the media. "Without a working sprinkler system in place, this fire had the potential to cause extensive fire, smoke, and water damage."
Across the border in Wisconsin, another fire official took a stance on sprinklers following recent news there that officials have scaled back a state sprinkler law. Fire safety should be a concern for everyone, Jeff Murphy, division chief for the La Crosse, Wisconsin, Fire Department, told an ABC news station. "The fire that we have today in the buildings that are constructed today are made of lightweight construction, meaning that they burn a lot quicker," he said. "A fire in a home that's 50 years old, by the time we get there, we have quite of bit of working time yet."
If you're a member of the fire service and need help promoting this technology, we're here to help. Visit the "take action" page on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.