2017 – Issue 2 – Winter

Waukesha Fire Department Uses Real-Life Apartment Fires to Show Benefits of Fire Sprinklers

The City of Waukesha understands the life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. Waukesha adopted an ordinance in 2002 that requires all new residential buildings with three or more units to include sprinkler systems. The Waukesha Fire Department effectively used photos and facts from two similar fires in multi-family apartment buildings to show the benefits of fire sprinklers. Both fires were caused by smoking material. The first occurred in March [...]


New side-by-side trailer debuts at demonstrations held this year

The WI Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (WI-NFSA) received delivery of the new mobile side-by-side trailer this past August. It arrived just in time for demonstrations in the Green Bay area. The De Pere Fire Department offered to house the trailer. In addition, WI-NFSA received grant requests from various fire departments to cover the costs of side-by-side demonstrations at their fall open houses. This year, supplemental grants were [...]


Funding to help the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition continue promotion of residential fire sprinklers in 2018

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association awarded a $2,500 grant to the nonprofit, Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WFSC), to continue their work promoting residential fire sprinklers. The Coalition was active in the promotion of residential fire sprinklers in 2017 with booths at both the Milwaukee and Madison home shows where they distributed hundreds of brochures providing information about the advantages of fire sprinklers. The funding will be [...]


Fire Sprinklers At Work (Winter 2017 Edition)

February 2018 Fire Sprinkler Saves Pets and Stops Apartment Fire From Becoming Deadly Green Bay Metro Fire Department crews responded to a fire at an 80-unit apartment building at 2809 University Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single sprinkler activated and extinguished a fire inside a closest in a second floor unit. The fire was the result of careless use of smoking materials. The tenant was not home at the [...]


Did you know? Dry Pipe Systems

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 25-2014, section states: “Dry pipe systems shall be tested once every three years for gas leakage.” This can be hard to convince building owners, especially if the system appears to be holding fine, no leaks are observed, and the air compressor is not running excessively. The reason behind the requirement is to ensure there are no major problems. It also protects the building [...]


Golfers come together “fore” 29th annual Burn Center Golf Invitational

This year’s Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational hosted by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association was a huge success! Held at the Grand Geneva Resort on August 28, more than 175 golfers came out to support Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Burn Center and the Alliance for Fire Safety Camp for Burn Injured Youth. The event raised more than $90,000. Over the past 29 years, $2.3 million has [...]


Community Risk Reduction: Risk Assessment Basics

(Appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) Last month, the definition of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) was introduced. Let’s examine the next step: the basics of risk assessment. It begins with an objective look at the community and its vulnerability. This may include looking at numerous factors such as community preparedness, the capacity of emergency services, access to the community for response/mitigation resources, and financial impact. During this [...]


Prevention Primer

(Appeared in the August 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) August has always been the month that we completed plans for Fire Prevention Week (FPW). This includes activities, school and community events and prevention messages. We always start with the NFPA website for the FPW theme to make sure we are presenting information based on credible national messages from the NFPA and U.S.F.A. The 2017 theme is “Every Second Counts – [...]


Is Your Paperwork in Order?

(Appeared in the September 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) With current issues between statutes and administrative codes, one must wonder “Are our municipal codes up-to-date and reflect what we can enforce?” The Fire Inspector course teaches that Inspectors can only enforce rules that are adopted by the community we serve. While the state adopts a fire prevention code (SPS 314), a municipality must also adopt the same code to enforce [...]


Community Risk Reduction: It’s Not Just a Catch Phrase

(Appeared in the October 2017 issue of The Dispatcher) It might seem like every time you attend a presentation, talk to a colleague or read an article, the phrase “Community Risk Reduction” (CRR) is the topic. While many believe that it is the new catchphrase for the fire service, it’s not.  Most practice CRR and call it “prevention” or “emergency response.” CRR is defined by the United States Fire Administration [...]