2014 – Issue 2 – Summer

Gengler: Sprinkler Systems Limit Losses, Injuries in Fires

On August 17, a Letter to the Editor submitted by Dan Gengler, regional manager for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association appeared in The Cap Times newspaper in Madison: "Some may not be aware that a fire broke out in a two-story, multiple-family structure in Madison July 27, and there is a good reason for that: None was injured and, relatively speaking, there was limited damage. The [...]


Injuries to Firefighter and Civilians in Racine House Fire Reveal Shortfalls of Fire & Building Codes

An electrical failure in a bedroom wall outlet of a Racine home was the suspected cause of an overnight fire on July 30 that caused injuries to three adults and one firefighter. The adult residents were transported to the hospital after suffering from minor burns and/or smoke inhalation, while the firefighter was treated for a head laceration due to falling glass. There was an estimated $40,000 in damage to the [...]


New Video Educates Real Estate Agents About Home Fire Sprinklers

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) recently developed a new video to educate real estate agents about selling homes protected with fire sprinklers. The video features HFSC spokesperson Tom Clark and REALTOR® Litsa Lekatsos, who lives in a home protected with fire sprinklers and markets fire sprinkler-protected homes to consumers. The video teaches real estate agents about how home fire sprinklers work and points out selling points and benefits related [...]


Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial: Require Sprinklers in All State Buildings

A June 3rd staff editorial from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper calls for all state buildings to be protected by fire sprinklers following a May 16 fire on the upper levels of General Executive Facility 1 (GEF-1) in Madison. Initial damage estimates were initially set at $350,000 but later jumped up to $15 million after considering the costs of cleaning up smoke damage to the building and its contents, retrieving files, [...]


New Study Shows Homeowners Prefer Homes Protected with Fire Sprinklers

In a new national Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), 74% of U.S. homeowners said they would be more likely to buy a home with fire sprinklers than one without. Seven in 10 said a sprinklered house has more value and nearly 8 in 10 (78%) said fire sprinklers provide the ultimate protection for residents. Updating the national benchmark study previously commissioned [...]


Gregg Huennekens Receives 2014 Golden Sprinkler Award from NFSA

Gregg Huennekens, CEO of USA Fire Protection, which has locations in Appleton, Madison, and New Berlin, received the Golden Sprinkler Award, the highest honor awarded by the National Fire Sprinkler Association at its Annual Meeting. The Golden Sprinkler Award recognizes individuals for their dedication to NFSA and the entire fire sprinkler industry. Huennekens has been involved with the NFSA for more than 25 years, participating on the board [...]


Shane Ray Named Executive Vice President of NFSA

Shane Ray of Columbia, South Carolina has been named Executive Vice President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). He began work in mid-July. “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of this position and am excited to return to the NFSA team,” added Ray. “My passion for fire prevention and a non-typical approach is long standing, and there is no better tool in the fire service [...]


Fire Sprinklers At Work (Summer 2014 Edition)

August 2014 Birnamwood Kersten Lumber The fire sprinkler system helped control most of a fire in the back of the saw mill. The fire appeared to be caused by electrical. No one was hurt and no lumber was affected. WSAW-TV July 2014 Town of Madison Apartment Building A fire sprinkler contained put out most of a fire in a single unit of the two-story, apartment building until fire crews arrived [...]


Fire Sprinkler Ordinances: An Important Lesson in Grassroots Efforts

Courtesy of NFPA's "Fire Sprinkler Initiative" blog: This may come as a surprise to fire sprinkler opponents, but the website Grassroots Change has named the home fire sprinkler movement "one of the most successful public safety efforts" in America within the past three decades. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health, this grassroots movement has successfully promoted more than 360 local ordinances mandating fire sprinklers in [...]


Fire Sprinklers Could Have Prevented Substantial Smoke Damage in Oconto High School Fire

On the morning of April 16, a fire occurred in the 1960s-era Oconto High School causing substantial smoke and fire damage. The fire occurred in a bathroom as students were between classes, but no one was injured. According to Oconto Fire Chief Jack Mlnarik, thick, toxic black smoke from the burning of the recycled plastic bathroom partitions spread throughout the school when it was sucked into the ventilation system. He [...]

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