2016 – Issue 1 – Spring

Record of Success: Fire Sprinklers Save Fond du Lac’s Mercury Marine for Third Time in Three Years

On the night of April 27, the fire sprinkler system at Fond du Lac marine propulsion manufacturer, Mercury Marine, continued its record of success in suppressing fires by controlling a fire in a dust collector until fire crews arrived. Due to the quick response of the fire sprinkler system, no one was injured in the fire. “According to our records, this was the third time in three years that the [...]


HFSC Offers $1,500 Stipends for Fire Departments Partnering with Technical/Vocational Schools

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is offering three $1,500 stipends for fire departments to create a partnership with instructors and students at a local high school or technical/vocational school (for future homebuilders, residential architects, etc.). The purpose of the partnership will be to carry out a brief home fire sprinkler education program with the students and to host a live fire and sprinkler burn demonstration in 2016. The [...]


Save the Date: 28th Burn Center Golf Invitational on August 29th

The 28th Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) will be held Monday, August 29, 2016. The golf outing will be held at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Register by April 30th for early bird benefits. The charity event raises funds for Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) Regional Burn Center, Summer Camp for Burn-Injured Youths, Newspapers in Education Fire Safety Program, and other fire safety [...]


Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Receives National Grant for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative has awarded the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition a $10,000 Bringing Safety Home Grant to further the acceptance of fire sprinklers in Wisconsin’s new homes. Home fires both locally and nationally are still a major threat for residents. Eighty percent of all U.S. fire deaths are happening at home. In 2014 alone, home fires resulted in nearly $7 billion in property damage. [...]


Fire Officer’s Four Steps to Residential Sprinkler Advocacy

Courtesy of FireRescue1.com: For the safety of their community and crew, fire officers must first become informed and educated about residential fire sprinklers. Next, they must become residential fire sprinkler advocates, following these four steps: Educate firefighters on why residential sprinklers are important for resident and firefighter life safety. Teach firefighters how to manage a fire that's been extinguished or controlled by a residential sprinkler. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards [...]


Register: NFSA Annual Seminar (May 3-6)

The National Fire Sprinkler Association's 2016 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference will be held May 3-6, 2016, in Dana Point, California. The event will include national speakers who will provide valuable resources and information. It's also important to note that capacity is limited, so reserve your spot while there is still availability. Register for the annual seminar (early bird registration has been extended through March 14), check out Sponsorship [...]


Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Pays Off After Devastating Apartment Fire

Courtesy of St. Francis Fire Department: During the early morning hours of Valentine's Day 2016, a fire broke out on the third-floor balcony of a 36-unit apartment building. The fire began to grow in size until the sprinkler system activated. The St. Francis Fire Department responded along with law enforcement. When law enforcement arrived and entered the apartment unit, the officer confirmed the fire was outside on the balcony and [...]


NFSA Members Can Vote in the 2016 ICC Group B Codes

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The new code development cycle is in full swing. This is a call-to-action to become an International Code Council (ICC) member by March of 2016. The specific deadline in March has not been posted by ICC yet, but do not delay because this is the key fire sprinkler code development cycle for the International Residential Code (IRC), International Fire Code (IFC), and the fire [...]


Fire Sprinklers At Work (Spring 2016 Edition)

May 2016 Madison YWCA The fire sprinkler system in the building prevented a fire in a fifth-floor hallway from spreading, allowing residents to escape unharmed and limiting fire damage to only $25,000. All residents were able to return to the building. Last June, a fire sprinkler save occurred on the exact same floor of the building. City of Madison Fire Department news release Madison Radisson Hotel A single fire sprinkler [...]