2013 – Issue 2 – Fall/Winter

Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups in Winter

The cold temperatures are upon us. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water damage by reminding local residents and businesses to simply check to be sure their fire sprinkler systems are protected for the colder weather temperatures, especially below freezing. The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association recommends an effective freeze-up prevention program that includes the following elements: Conduct a [...]


Wisconsin Fire Departments Benefit from Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Awards

In the past year, four Wisconsin fire departments have taken advantage of fire sprinkler education stipends offered by the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and hosted side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations in their communities. The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department and Allenton Volunteer Fire Department were beneficiaries of $1,o00 stipends from a 2011 Fire & Prevention Safety Grant that HFSC received from the Federal Emergency Management [...]


UW – Stevens Point Continues Fire Safety Improvements in Existing Residence Halls

The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP) is home to more than 3,600 students who live on campus, which is why the university has spent the last five years updating many of its 1960s-era residence halls to not only bring them into the 21st century in regard to technology and codes, but also to make them safer for students. In that timeframe, the university has already renovated [...]


Campus Fire Coalition Formed; Addresses Fire Safety Issues on Campuses

The nation’s three leading campus fire safety organizations have come together as the Campus Fire Coalition to create a portal to share and promote campus fire safety resources that can help schools and communities in educating students, parents and administrators about the importance of fire safety. These resources, developed by CampusFireSafety.com, Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation, include videos, posters, guides and education programs that teach students what [...]


Sad Goodbye to Grand Chute Fire Prevention Specialist & Sprinkler Advocate

Jesse Pickett was a 29-year-old firefighter with the Grand Chute Fire Department who took great pride in his role as a fire prevention specialist and public information officer. He was well known throughout the state of Wisconsin for his efforts educating the public about the dangers of fire and, in particular, about the importance of fire sprinklers. On December 8th, Pickett’s life was taken in a crash with a semitrailer [...]


New Delton Fire Station & Training Tower Include Fire Sprinklers

The newly built Delton Fire Station contains fire sprinklers to protect firefighters. The Delton Fire Department’s newly built fire station recently opened with an array of features that will surely benefit the efficiency of daily operations, training, and the fire and EMT officials themselves — one of those prominent features being fire sprinklers. Construction of the new 34,000-square-foot station began in February 2013 and was completed by September. [...]


Fatality in Madison Apartment Fire Highlights Neighboring Town’s Fire Sprinkler Ordinance

On October 16, a fire in an unsprinklered apartment building in the City of Madison claimed the life of one middle-aged male. The tragic event is an unfortunate reminder of the lack of fire sprinkler protection in older multifamily dwellings throughout the State of Wisconsin, but also highlights a neighboring town’s actions to prevent fire deaths in those buildings. The fire occurred in a single second-floor unit at Riverwood Apartments, [...]


Recent Fires in Wisconsin Highlight Importance of State’s Fire Sprinkler Requirements for New Multifamily Dwellings

Over the last month leading up to National Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12), the amount of fires in Wisconsin occurring in older multifamily dwellings that are not protected with fire sprinklers has steadily increased, leaving dozens of occupants displaced and communities rallying to provide occupants with everyday necessities and shelter. September 11 – City of Madison: approximately 34 residents displaced, $125,000 in damages September 16 – La Crosse: 3 residents [...]


HFSC Earns New Federal Grant to Help Increase Home Fire Sprinkler Awareness and Demand

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has received a fiscal year 2012 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant through the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Grant will fund HFSC’s ambitious new strategy to battle an age-old problem – lack of information about home fires and the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers. HFSC will educate two large audiences identified as lacking the facts [...]


Fire Sprinklers At Work (Fall/Winter 2013 Edition)

November 2013 Grand Chute Apartment Building The fire sprinkler system in the two-story apartment building extinguished a garage fire before fire crews arrived. The damage from the fire, which began in the engine compartment of a car, did not affect the building. Jesse Pickett, Fire Prevention Specialist, Grand Chute Fire Department Lomira Quad/Graphics Along with a few employees, the fire sprinkler system in the two-million-square foot printing plant quickly extinguished [...]

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