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Home Fire Sprinkler Incentives Appeal to Single-Family Home Developers

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) developed a new free educational resource AHJ’s can use to educate all stakeholders involved in the local planning process about developer trade-ups or incentives. These resources include case studies, with videos, downloadable presentations, statistics and economic data gathered from several communities. HFSC’s sprinkler incentive program partners the fire service with builders or developers and has great potential to deploy a local plan that will [...]


The First Home Fire Sprinkler Day a Success and Boosts Awareness in Both the U.S. and Canada

The first Home Fire Sprinkler Day held on May 19 included more than 50 fire departments in 25 states and included Canadian provinces. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative organized the event to raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers.  Local educational events took place in both countries, in which the two nonprofit organizations teamed up to [...]


30th Anniversary of Burn Center Golf Invitational

On Monday, August 27, the Burn Center Golf Invitational committee is hosting the Burn Center Golf Invitational at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, marking 30 years of fundraising for the Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Burn Center, and the Alliance for Fire Safety (AFS) Burn Camp. Thanks to all golfers, sponsors, donors, and more, this event has raised more than $2.4 M! Through promotion of fire safety, burn prevention, and public [...]


Vision 20/20 Community Risk Assessment Symposium presented many topics in community risk assessment

This year’s Vision 20/20 Model Performance in Community Risk Reduction Symposium was held in Reston, VA, from April 9 – 11. The National Fire Sprinkler Association Wisconsin Chapter State Coordinator Marty King was among the 300+ attendees. More than 30 speakers presented on topics such as Creating a Community Risk Reduction Plan, Community Risk Reduction Beyond Smoke Alarms, Positive Impacts on Code Enforcement, Causal Chain Analysis, and Data-Driven Messaging.  According [...]


The Federal Government Now Provides a Tax Incentive to Protect Lives and Property with Fire Sprinklers

Spread the word! As fire service leaders, you know where the small businesses are that need fire safety improvements.  Previously qualified small businesses were allowed to fully expense purchases such as computers, equipment, and light-duty vehicles up to an annual cap of $500,000. Under the new law, Congress has added fire protection as an eligible expenditure under Section 179 of the tax code. Congress also increased the cap to $1M [...]


Hartford Apartment Complex Fire

HARTFORD, WI (February 28, 2018) - The Hartford Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene of a 12-unit apartment building for a report of a cooking fire, smoke, and visible flames. This is a newly constructed complex (March 2017) with installed residential fire sprinklers. The occupant reported she was heating about 4-inches of cooking oil in steel pot on the cooktop, and she answered her phone. She went [...]


Fire Sprinkler Saves Pets And Stops Apartment Fire From Becoming Deadly

GREEN BAY, WI, (February 18, 2018) – Green Bay Metro Fire Department crews responded to a fire at an 80-unit apartment building at 2809 University Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single sprinkler activated and extinguished a fire inside a closest in a second floor unit. The fire was the result of careless use of smoking materials. The tenant was not home at the time, but two pet cats were inside [...]


Apartment fire put out by fire sprinklers saves tenants and pets

WAUPUN, WI (JANUARY 20, 2018) A fire on Fraser Lane damaged a unit in an apartment complex. Two tenants and three pets living in the unit were able to safely leave. The Waupun Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa said that the building's sprinkler system put the fire out. The fire damaged items in the kitchen and in the unit on the lower level of the apartment building. Chief DeMaa said all [...]


Waukesha Fire Department Uses Real-Life Apartment Fires to Show Benefits of Fire Sprinklers

The City of Waukesha understands the life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. Waukesha adopted an ordinance in 2002 that requires all new residential buildings with three or more units to include sprinkler systems. The Waukesha Fire Department effectively used photos and facts from two similar fires in multi-family apartment buildings to show the benefits of fire sprinklers. Both fires were caused by smoking material. The first occurred in March [...]


New side-by-side trailer debuts at demonstrations held this year

The WI Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (WI-NFSA) received delivery of the new mobile side-by-side trailer this past August. It arrived just in time for demonstrations in the Green Bay area. The De Pere Fire Department offered to house the trailer. In addition, WI-NFSA received grant requests from various fire departments to cover the costs of side-by-side demonstrations at their fall open houses. This year, supplemental grants were [...]

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