2017 – Issue 1 – Spring

Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Uses Home Shows for Education & Advocacy

The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition hosted booths at Wisconsin home shows in January. Coalition members pictured (left to right) are Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association Executive Secretary Treasurer Laurie Frey, NFSA-WI State Coordinator Marty King, Pleasant Prairie Fire Inspector Tom Clark, and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation Executive Director Michael Wos. The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WSFC), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the [...]


Get Involved in the Plan Review Process

(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 [...]


Register: Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit (May 11)

Click on Image to download PDF registration form. On May 11, 2017, numerous fire service and fire safety organizations will host the Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. The summit will provide valuable information to citizens, homeowners, legislators, builders, architects, fire service, and building code officials about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers and the fire dangers of modern [...]


NFSA Reacts to Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in 115th Congress

On March 9th, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) filed the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA), while Representatives Tom Reed (R- New York) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced the companion House legislation, to encourage building owners to invest in life-saving fire safety upgrades. The FSIA strengthens tax incentives for building owners to retrofit their properties with fire sprinkler systems. This action will protect their occupants and property [...]


Building Safety Month: Invest in Technology for Safety

Each year, the month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month worldwide. The public awareness campaign, which was founded by the International Code Council, is designed to "help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain [...]


Plan for the Future

(Appeared in March 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) The adage, “Proper planning prevents poor performance,” applies to work and personal life. Planning assures we have the tools to succeed. Without planning we cannot be prepared for the future. So, what have you done to prepare yourself for the future? What have you done to educate yourself and assist your community? Have you created a five-year plan for yourself, your department [...]


May 3-6: NFSA 2017 Annual Seminar & North American Fire Sprinkler Expo

Click on image to download brochure From May 3 to 6, 2017, the National Fire Sprinkler Association will host its 2017 Annual Seminar & North American Fire Sprinkler Expo, along with the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and Asociación Mexicana de Rociadores Automáticos Contra Incendio. Block room rate of $205/night Supplier and manufacturer exhibits Annual Awards Banquet 2nd Annual Common Voices Golf Classic Register before March 3 for Early [...]


Love Is In The Air

(Appeared in February 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (February 14th, for those who are forgetful), our attention turns to love, but let’s not forget about fire safety. What romantic evening does not include a dinner by candlelight? Recent data from the NFPA shows that candles caused three percent of reported home fires and accounted for three percent of home fire deaths, six percent [...]


Fire Sprinklers At Work (Spring 2017 Edition)

March 2017 Madison Slumberland Furniture The fire sprinkler system activated and contained a fire in the clearance storage area of the furniture store to a 30-by-30-foot area. Firefighters only took two minutes to extinguish the remaining fire. The preliminary determination was that an electrical fault may have been the cause. Ed Ruckriegel, Fire Marshal, City of Madison Fire Department Racine Lincoln School Apartments Two fire sprinklers contained a fire that [...]


Burn Center Golf Invitational Has Now Raised Over $2.2 Million

Article modified from Dan Gengler's article in January 2017 edition of the PFFCWF Newsletter: The 28th annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) was hosted on August 29, 2016 and was another great success with more than $87,000 raised. The BCGI Steering Committee thanks all for their support and attendance. It was a great day and evening at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Under sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures, 160 [...]

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