If you've come to love the free resources produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), here's some good news: the nonprofit recently secured a grant aimed at making a bigger dent in North America's home fire problem.
HFSC received a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant via the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant, totaled at more than $550,000, will help fund a national education program aimed at increasing sprinkler installations in new homes. HFSC will link designated fire departments and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) with homebuilders, developers, and planning/zoning boards in more than 100 markets. The fire service and AHJs will be equipped with resources to communicate the need for fire sprinklers in new home developments planned by developers and considered by local boards. Trade-ups, incentives offered by local officials in exchange for installing fire sprinklers, are the centerpiece of this new program.
“Although trade-ups are working well in some jurisdictions, the concept is still new to most fire departments and AHJs,” says Lorraine Carli, HFSC's president and NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Our program will educate about the value of using trade-ups to achieve community risk reduction. We will supply free resources that fire departments can use in any community to improve awareness and increase sprinkler installation.”