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Situational Awareness

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the June 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) I remember back a couple decades ago as a firefighter, when the EMT refresher course added ‘situational awareness’ to the curriculum, specifically as a verbalized portion of the practical exam. Many of us ‘old-timers’ smiled at something that was obvious. If you were in a dangerous place you needed [...]

2019-06-20T15:50:15+00:00

Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the May 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) The recent fire at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris reveals the importance of safeguarding a building while it is under construction.  The National Fire Academy teaches that a building is most vulnerable during construction and demolition. Generally, this is due to the reduction in active fire protection [...]

2019-06-20T15:50:52+00:00

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the April 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) As a representative of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, I’ve had manyopportunities to attend conferences and exhibit our material and resources.  Credit should be given to those who attend fire service conferences, seminars and training opportunities, taking that extra step to learn more about the different areas of the [...]

2019-06-20T15:51:18+00:00

Fire Protection Systems Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the March 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) Inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) records came up at several meetings recently. The main issue was where the inspection records need to be provided. This is a longtime issue with the owners, tenants, contractors, and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) because each has its own perspective on the ITM record retention. ITM [...]

2019-06-20T15:51:48+00:00

Observe Burn Prevention Awareness Week

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the February 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) National Burn Awareness Week is the first week in February, where organizations mobilize burn, fire, and life safety educators to share common burn awareness and prevention messages. Each year, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention in the United States (American Burn Association, 2002) with approximately 50,000 of those [...]

2019-06-20T15:53:23+00:00

New Year, New Focus

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the January 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) It's a new year! Now is the time to review last year’s data to determine what needs improvement to reduce the risk of fire, injury, and death within your community. Fire prevention focuses on three aspects: education, Inspection, and enforcement. Review your community outreach during the past year and [...]

2019-06-20T15:52:48+00:00

Fire Prevention – Jack of Many Trades

By Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the June 2018 issue of The Dispatcher) As I look at my personal fire service library of about 50 manuals and standards, I ask myself, "how can one person master all these diverse topics on fire prevention?" The fire prevention code alone is a lot to review and remember, and it covers topics from combustible [...]

2018-08-20T16:34:09+00:00

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

By Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the July 2018 issue of The Dispatcher) The recent National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) training on Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 25 examines the relationships and responsibilities of the parties that utilize this standard. The scope of the standard establishes the minimum requirements for periodic inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) for water-based fire protection systems. [...]

2018-08-20T16:35:45+00:00

Time is Valuable

By Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the August 2018 issue of The Dispatcher) We all wish we had more time. Time to fit all things into our busy schedules. Work, family, religion, leisure and hobbies are examples of all the things we must budget our time for, and we hope that something does not arise to affect our plans. Of course, [...]

2018-08-20T16:32:17+00:00