FEMA's emergency housing units now include fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Nov 8, 2017

The U.S.has seen its share of natural disasters this year. Following Hurricane Harvey, in particular, which ravaged parts of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplied manufactured housing units to area residents. One unique feature of these units: all of them included fire sprinklers. 


This technology will make its way into future manufactured housing units supplied by FEMA, a decision that was "no small feat of engineering—or of political maneuvering," reports NFPA Journal. In a feature story highlighting this safety achievement, Journal's associate editor Jesse Roman interviewed key sources that led to this decision and those impacted by it. 


“Most fire deaths occur in single-family homes, and the data clearly shows that fire suppression systems like sprinklers save lives,” said Chris Connealy, the Texas fire marshal and a member of the Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition. “We always appreciate when fire prevention and safety equipment are taken into consideration.”


“The complexity of it just boggled my mind. I came from the fire protection industry, so I thought, ‘sprinklers in a manufactured home? Boy, that’s a no brainer—that should take me about three hours to install,'" Lawrence McKenna, Jr., a fire protection engineer at the USFA, told NFPA Journal. "Well, putting sprinklers in one unit is easy. Putting them in 20,000 on a couple weeks’ notice, not knowing where the homes are going to end up, not knowing what the water supply situation is going to be—that’s an entirely different matter." 


Learn how this idea to sprinkler FEMA's manufactured housing came to fruition by reading the Journal article.