Heavy hitters kick off home fire sprinkler summit in Washington

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 18, 2014

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford serves as master of ceremonies at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit.

A "who's who" of local and national sprinkler experts were on tap this morning at the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Vancouver, WA. The event, sponsored in part by the Washington and Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalitions, was kicked off with remarks from long-time home fire sprinkler advocate Jim Crawford, retired fire marshal in Vancouver, and current chair of Vision 20/20.

Next up was Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal of the Northshore Fire Department, and chair of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Jeff provided an overview of Washington's fire sprinkler efforts, experiences, and successes. The Coalition remains active addressing issues from the Residential Fire Sprinkler Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report for HB 2575-2008, participating in the State Building Code Council, coordinating activities for sprinkler initiatives, and providing outreach to others about home fire sprinklers.

Jeff LaFlam
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At NFPA's 2012 Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, Jeff LaFlam spoke about the steps taken to adopt a residential fire sprinkler ordinance in Kenmore, WA. See his steps to success.

Following Jeff's presentation, attendees heard from Shawn Olson, Fire Inspector, Clackamas (OR) Fire District #1, and chair of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition. The Coalition actively works to educate stakeholder groups on residential fire sprinklers and collaborates with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to residential fire sprinkler requirements.

Shawn Olsen
Shawn Olson, Jeff LaFlam, and Jim Crawford spoke at today's fire sprinkler summit in Vancouver, WA.

John Corso
John Corso of the National Fire Sprinkler Association provided a brief history of fire sprinklers and the current state of home fire sprinkler protection.

Special thanks to Nanette Tatom for providing photos from the summit.

Read more coverage from this event on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.