2015 – Issue 1 – Summer

Call for Nominations: 2015 “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative are accepting applications for the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers. The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who use HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as a key component in educating decision-makers on fire [...]


Register: WI Fire Sprinkler Coalition Summit (Sept. 9)

On September 9, 2015, the newly formed Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host a fire sprinkler summit at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The summit will provide valuable information about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers to homeowners, legislators, builders, architects, fire service, and building code officials. The cost to attend the summit is $30 (to cover breakfast & lunch) and hotel rooms are available. CEUs are available to [...]


Home Fire Sprinklers: A Status Update

Four years have passed since the January 1, 2011, effective date established by the International Residential Code (IRC) for newly constructed homes to have fire sprinkler systems, and while adoption of this requirement at the state and local level has trailed initial expectations, measurable progress has been and continues to be made. Two states, California and Maryland, plus the District of Columbia and many other jurisdictions have adopted the IRC [...]


HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of NFFF, and Chief Kevin Quinn, chairman of NVFC, will represent the groups on the Board. “Our Board of Directors is pleased to welcome the NFFF and NVFC to the table,” says HFSC Board President Lorraine [...]


Newly Formed Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition Aims to Curb Fire Deaths in the State

Home fires in Wisconsin are frequent, and deadly. Over the past decade, Wisconsin has experienced more than 400 civilian deaths, 1,800 civilian injuries, and 1,500 firefighter injuries from homes fires. Recognizing these alarming rates, fire officials and fire safety advocates recently announced the reestablishment of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition on June 26 at the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association (WSFCA) Annual Conference and Trade Show. The coalition is comprised [...]


A Message from New State Coordinator, Marty King

New NFSA-WI Regional Manager Marty King Upon the recent departure of Dan Gengler, former West Allis fire official Marty King has taken over as state coordinator of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Below is an introduction from Marty: I have been part of the fire service since 1979. I started with the Stone Bank Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT. I was hired [...]


A Final Message from Outgoing Regional Manager, Dan Gengler

Many already know that my 16-year tenure as National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Regional Manager for the State of Wisconsin has closed. It has been a pleasure to serve the great state, including Illinois and Minnesota. Marty King will now be taking the lead as your NFSA representative. Marty is an action-oriented person that will provide quality service and representation to the fire sprinkler industry. I want to thank all [...]


Fire Sprinklers At Work (Summer 2015 Edition)

June 2015 Eau Claire Huebsch Linen Services A fire that occurred in some uniforms and rags at the uniform company's building was kept small by the fire sprinkler system until fire crews arrived on scene. Damage was estimated at only $20,000. WEAU-TV Madison YWCA The building's fire sprinkler system helped prevent major damage from a fire that started on the fifth floor of the building. Everyone evacuated safely and no [...]


Shane Ray Named President of National Fire Sprinkler Association

Shane Ray (center) was recently named president of NFSA at the organization’s annual seminar. Pictured with Ray are NFSA Vice Chair Kent Mezaros (left) from Quick Response Fire and Chair Larry Thau from Victaulic (right). At the National Fire Sprinkler Association‘s (NFSA) Annual Seminar from April 29 to May 2, the organization officially announced Shane Ray as its new president. He succeeds former NFSA president Russ Fleming. Ray [...]

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