(Appeared in April 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) Many changes arrive with the month of April. We begin with the promise of another spring and hope that winter does not make an appearance again. Generally, there are the spring elections that bring possible new players to the political scene in municipalities, schools, courts, and other areas of government. The much-anticipated tax deadline looms for those procrastinators. Of course, the April [...]
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The state of Wisconsin has updated its edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 1: Fire Code to the 2009 edition. The adoption came through Administrative Code Comm 14, Fire Prevention Code, Section 14.001 and became effective on January 1, 2011. NFPA 1: Fire Code, 2009 edition, covers the inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems, including fire pumps. Recognized worldwide and adopted statewide in 19 states, [...]
It is hard to ignore how terrible the winter season had been here in Wisconsin with the number of tragic fires we’ve experienced. Tragic fires seemed like they were part of the daily news throughout the state with a number of them being fatal. Many resulted in a loss of taxable income properties. Fires like these impact communities in a horrific way. Along with the serious fires however, [...]
2010 OCTOBER Bowling Alley Mount Pleasant South Shore firefighters responded to a call about a fire at the Paradise Lanes Bowling alley. The fire started behind the bowling lanes near the mechanical area in the corner of the building. South Shore Fire Chief Bill Bouma told the Racine Journal Times “the bowling alley could have been completely burned to the ground if the building hadn't had a sprinkler system.” The [...]
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Receives Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award
On April 7, 2011, in Washington, D.C., the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) was honored as the recipient of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. Presented jointly by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) at the 23rd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner, the award is named after retired-Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong advocate of [...]
For a number of years, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-WI) has partnered with fire departments to conduct educational fire sprinkler demonstrations. In fact, NFSA-WI has helped with more than 50 side-by-side demonstrations in front of thousands of people, including fire sprinkler trailer demonstrations with sprinkler fitter unions 183 and 669. Realizing the impact of the demonstrations, fire departments continue to conduct demonstrations at [...]
On June 2, 2011, the Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WRFSC) will be hosting a residential fire sprinkler summit. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 1,348,500 fires reported in the United States in 2009, resulting in 3,010 civilian fire deaths. An estimated 78.5 percent of structure fires were residential, in which 272,500 occurred in one- and two-family homes. Approximately 85 percent of all fire deaths occur in [...]
From June 12 – 14, 2011, the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council and the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards will be hosting a 100th Anniversary of Apprenticeship Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, recognizing Wisconsin’s Registered Apprenticeship programs, formed by the nation’s first modern apprenticeship law. The law has been a model for the nation since 1911. The conference focus will be to celebrate Wisconsin’s past leadership and embrace the [...]
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, sprinkler fitters will be one of a number of groups of apprentices in the pipe trades to compete at the annual Wisconsin Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Contest. Attendees will observe firsthand the skills of future technicians and mechanics during the competition. The event takes place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For event details, please call (920) 462-0406 or (920) 462-0407.