2014 – Issue 1 – Spring

Call for Nominations: “Bringing Safety Home” Award

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present a national award that recognizes the outstanding local efforts of a fire chief who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems in his or her service area. HFSC and NFPA will jointly present the “Bringing Safety Home” [...]


Jim Pauley to Succeed James Shannon as NFPA President

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky, as the next president of NFPA. Pauley is currently senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric and will assume his new role in July. “For more than 115 years, NFPA has been a leader in fire, life and electrical safety through codes and standards development, [...]


Uniform Commercial Building Code Signed Into State Statute

A Wisconsin State Assembly committee voted 10-3 on March 6 to support a bill that would adopt a uniform commercial building code for Wisconsin. The legislation, put forward by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin and similar groups, would take away local governments’ ability to set commercial-building standards that are stricter than the state’s. The one exception to the uniform code would be for fire-safety ordinances that cities, villages [...]


Gengler Rejoins NFSA-WI as Regional Manager

In January 2014, the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) reappointed Dan Gengler to fill the position of regional manager for Wisconsin. Gengler is returning to the position he held for 11 years when he was the NFSA regional manager for the midwest area. His responsibilities will include educating the public and fire service about automatic fire sprinklers; facilitating the continuing fire sprinkler education of members of the fire sprinkler industry, [...]


UW-Whitewater Sorority Was in Process of Installing Fire Sprinkler System When Fire Occurred

On March 14, a morning fire at the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority house at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater campus displaced 23 students. The sorority was in the process of retrofitting a fire sprinkler system in the house and the system was not yet operational. State law has required all Greek housing to be equipped with fire sprinkler systems since January 1, 2014, but the sorority had fallen behind [...]


Ashwaubenon Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens, Highlights Importance of State’s Multifamily Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Early in the morning on March 13, 30 people were displaced when a fire broke out in the unsprinklered 48-unit Creekwood Apartments building in Ashwaubenon. When firefighters arrived, flames were engulfing a third-floor balcony and the roof. By the time the fire was put out, one-quarter of the living units were damaged. While no one was hurt, the fire is a harsh reminder of the lack of fire protection in [...]


Save the Date: Burn Center Golf Invitational on August 25th

The 26th Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) will be held Monday, August 25, 2014. The golf outing will be played for the 21st straight year at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Register by April 30th for lower fees and extra golfers. In the past 25 years, the event has raised more than $2,055,000 for Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS) charities, including [...]


Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives: 10 Years Later

It's hard to believe but it has been 10 years since fire officials from across the nation descended upon Tampa, Florida, for a summit to discuss prevention of firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODD) and injuries. The result of the summit was the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, which has had a positive effect on the way that fires are fought today and the culture of the fire service, thereby decreasing the [...]


Building Safety Month Focuses on Fire Sprinkler Protection

This May, jurisdictions across the United States will celebrate advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes as part of the International Code Council's (ICC) national Building Safety Month. For the last 34 years, the Building Safety Month campaign has focused on improving public safety by increasing awareness about how building codes and code officials improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and [...]


Fire Sprinkler System Prevents Repeat of Major Fire at Madison Apartment Complex

Courtesy of City of Madison Fire Department press release: On July 14, 2007, a fire caused $3.5 million damage to a 41-unit building in the Glacier Hills apartment complex in the City of Madison. The building was a total loss, all of the residents were displaced and one firefighter suffered a hand injury. Fire investigators concluded the fire was caused by discarded smoking materials. The building was not [...]

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