2019 Spring The Dispatcher

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