NFPA's Bob Duval, Northeast Regional Director and Fire Investigator (right) presented Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre (left) with the Bringing Safety Home Award at the Maine Fire Chiefs Association Conference in March.
National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) awarded Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre from the Gorham Maine Fire Department with the 2018 Bringing Safety Home Award.
The award recognizes fire service members and other safety advocates who use HFSC's home fire sprinkler educational materials and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources to educate local officials as part of an effort to upgrade or pass new home fire sprinkler legislation.
Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre has been an advocate for home fire sprinklers for more than 20 years. He was one of the first to offer incentives in subdivisions for fire sprinkler installation as an alternative to costly fire ponds/dry hydrants. Chief Lefebvre’s work set the stage for a town-wide ordinance, passed in October 2018, mandating the installation of fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Since the ordinance passed, more than 200 homes have been sprinklered in Gorham.
As the Bringing Safety Home Award recipient, Lefebvre was awarded a $1000 grant to further fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts in his community. Previous recipients have included Keith Flood, fire marshal for the West Haven, CT, Fire Department, who launched the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and members of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, who were instrumental in helping defeat a legislative bill that would have weakened the state's sprinkler requirement.
To learn more about previous award winners who were influential in their efforts to promote sprinklers, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.