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The Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition was a recipient of the 2016 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home Grant. The grant was used for a variety of purposes, all of which contributed to what the coalition considers a successful 2016.

 

The main use of the grant was to build three, side-by-side burn demonstration trailers, which are very powerful tools to educate on the importance and effectiveness of home fire sprinklers. Additionally, the money was used to attend a number of open houses, conferences, and trade shows. The grant helped purchase educational tools for use at these events and to enhance display booths.

 

The coalition’s main takeaway from all of these educational opportunities is that most people don’t have a lot of knowledge about fire sprinklers, but are eager to learn about their life-saving capabilities. To learn more about fire sprinklers and find education materials and advocacy tools, visit NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.

 

For more information on the Wisconsin coalition, the summit, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.

The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition was awarded the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Fire Sprinkler Initiative Grant. The grant was primarily used for audio/visual equipment intended for use at trade shows to help endorse home fire sprinklers. The most notable trade shows were the Milwaukee Metropolitan Builders Show and the Madison Building Show, which targeted builders and individuals interested in home-related equipment.

 

Additionally, the grant supported presentations to the fire service. It will also be used for future presentations at the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association spring and annual conference. Also, the grant will fund a fire sprinkler summit taking place in May. (Registration for the event is now open.) The summit will target fire service personnel, municipal leaders, architects, developers, and building officials.

 

For more information on the Wisconsin coalition, the summit, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.


The Utah Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition was one of the recipients of the 2016 Bringing Safety Home Fire Sprinkler Initiative Grant. The coalition used the grant to host a summit for the real estate and insurance industries with the goal to educate them on the importance of home fire sprinklers. The summit had more than 70 attendees.

 

The summit featured a live-burn/fire sprinkler demonstration and presentations from the coalition’s current and former chairs. Following the demo, there was a discussion that resulted in the request of similar events in the future. The coalition anticipates hosting these events a few times a year.


For more information on the Utah coalition, the summit, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.

 

Here are some more photos of the event. 

 

The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition was awarded $10,000 via NFPA’s 2016 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home Grant. The grant was used to construct a side-by-side burn demonstration trailer. With help of a local sprinkler contractor, American Fire Systems, the coalition built the trailer exclusively with the grant, and saved about $10,000 in the process.

 

The trailer was completed last year and used shortly thereafter for a test burn and demonstrations at the state’s fire training field. The trailer also traveled to Louisiana for a demonstration with the State Fire Marshal.

 

The coalition plans to take the trailer to College Station and Austin this year and hopes to build more units in the future.

 

For more information on the Texas coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report. Also, watch this 360-degree video of a recent live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration:

 

 

The South Dakota Fire Sprinkler Coalition was a 2016 recipient of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home Grant. The coalition was awarded $5,000, which was used to produce print advertisements and banners aimed at increasing awareness on the importance of home fire sprinklers.

 

A full-page print advertisement ran in the South Dakota Firefighter. The ad (above) targeted volunteer firefighters, and the goal was to help bring awareness to fire sprinklers and the coalition. A statewide sprinkler installation company actually saw the ad, and contacted the coalition. The two are currently in discussions about a potential collaboration. In addition, the coalition will submit an article to the magazine every other month to continue educating readers about home sprinklers. 

 

Advertisements were also designed to promote live burn demonstrations in Sioux Falls and at the Central States Fair. Additionally, the coalition worked with a designer to create travel banners placed in high traffic areas.

 

For more information on the South Dakota coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.

 

The Missouri Sprinkler Coalition was one of 15 recipients of the 2016 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home Grant. The Missouri coalition received $5,000, which was used to host a local summit to understand the cost disparities of fire sprinkler design and installation. The summit also hoped to compare these findings to the national average of $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, and discuss possible solutions for reducing this gap.

 

The summit was held on November 4, 2016 in St. Louis, and was attended by 20 stakeholders representing a variety of interests including fire sprinkler contractors, fire service, local government, homebuilders, NFPA, and others. The group was led through a serious of discussions and exercises that encouraged the exchange of various perspectives, ideas, and problems. Ultimately, the summit led to four action items: the creation of a fire sprinkler database for the St. Louis area, implementing a “pilot” home fire sprinkler project, engaging with the insurance industry about liability rates for designers and installers, and improving coalition support.

 

For more information on the Missouri coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.

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.

 

The Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition was one of 15 fire safety groups awarded NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative Bringing Safety Home Grant in 2016 to help further the acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers.

 

The coalition received a $5,000 grant, which funded three exciting opportunities. The coalition conducted three, side-by-side burn demonstrations, a powerful live display of the difference sprinklers can make in home fires. Additionally, the coalition produced a TV spot warning homeowners of the danger of fires, and encouraging them to consider installing fire sprinklers. Lastly, the coalition produced educational brochures, which were distributed to fire departments and the state’s decision makers.

 

For more information on the Massachusetts coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the grant report.

NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative awarded its Bringing Safety Home Grant to 15 fire safety groups in 2016 in order to help further the acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers. One of the 15 deserving recipients was the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

 

The coalition received a $5,000 grant, which was used for a number of great causes. For example, the coalition created state-specific billboard ads and educational pamphlets on home fire sprinklers. The Connecticut Coalition also used the money to purchase a booth at the Connecticut Home Builders and Remodelers Show in Hartford. Additionally, the grant was used to buy signage at public events, including an ad (shown in this post) at the Connecticut Tigers Baseball Stadium seen by more than 50,000 attendees.  The grant also funded a side-by-side burn demonstration.

 

For more information on the Connecticut coalition, other winners, and the grant, download the full report here.

Wisconsin officials have proposed changes in state regulations that would reduce requirements for fire sprinklers in new homes, college dorms, hotels, and other buildings. Among the proposals is one that would require sprinklers in buildings with 20 or more units. Current regulations require sprinklers in buildings with three or more units.

 

State firefighters and buildings inspectors say the proposed changes simply don’t make sense. During a public hearing earlier this week, Robert Ugaste, Wauwatosa fire chief and president of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association, was adamant that fire sprinklers are a proven method for combating home fires. He expressed  confusion as to why officials would want to remove the regulations. According to a recent news story, the general consensus among other Wisconsin fire chiefs is that reducing building costs by sacrificing safety is the wrong move. Eau Claire Fire Chief Chris Bell told the Leader-Telegram that such changes would hamper efforts to reduce home fires.

 

Primary supporters for the proposed changes believe requiring fire sprinklers is a financial burden for homeowners. The state’s Department of Safety and Professional Services, who sponsored the public hearing, says the current regulations are too expensive for both builders and homebuyers. The Wisconsin Builders Association believes the proposed changes would strike the appropriate balance between safety and affordability. However, research on the cost of home sprinklers  conducted by NFPA shows that fire sprinklers can be a cost-effective addition to new homes.

 

Other public hearings might occur on the proposed changes, which could eventually reach the state legislature for a vote. In the meantime, the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition will continue educating the public on the necessity of fire sprinklers in all new homes.

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