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Summer 2019 Issue

Brat Fest in Madison was an Ideal Event to Increase Awareness about Deadly Home Fires and Demonstrate the Importance of Home Fire Sprinklers

MADISON, WI (MAY 28, 2019) – What do you get when you mix a Memorial Day weekend with 80-degree weather in Madison, Wisconsin along with the World’s Largest Brat Fest? A great opportunity for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA WI) to participate in hosting a side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration as a part of National Home Fire Sprinkler Week, and to show off the Chapter’s newest mobile side-by-side demonstration trailer. […]

Burn Center Golf Invitational Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Large Donation

MILWAUKEE, WI (March 9, 2019) – The Burn Center Golf Invitational committee presented checks to the Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Burn Center and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation from the 2018 Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI). The event was hosted by the WI Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. […]

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The Dispatcher

106, 2019

Situational Awareness

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the June 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) I remember back a couple decades ago as a firefighter, when the EMT refresher course added ‘situational awareness’ to the curriculum, specifically as a verbalized portion of the practical exam. Many of us ‘old-timers’ smiled at something that was obvious. If you were in a dangerous place you needed to watch your back, but if you were in a public place you were safe. That is no longer the case. The past couple years have shown that firefighters are at risk in both private and public spaces. There have been increased attacks on first responders, not the least of which has been to law enforcement. This is troubling, because if someone would attack a trained, armed police officer, what would stop them from attacking an EMT or a firefighter? [...]

105, 2019

Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the May 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) The recent fire at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris reveals the importance of safeguarding a building while it is under construction.  The National Fire Academy teaches that a building is most vulnerable during construction and demolition. Generally, this is due to the reduction in active fire protection systems and passive systems such as fire doors and fire walls.  It is also due to an increased use of hot work such as cutting torches, cutting with saws, soldering and welding. In all of my years of working in fire prevention I have never seen a fire prevention plan implemented. That is the primary requirement of NFPA 1, Chapter 16, and NFPA 241, the Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations. Often, if a plan was established, there [...]

104, 2019

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the April 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) As a representative of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, I’ve had manyopportunities to attend conferences and exhibit our material and resources.  Credit should be given to those who attend fire service conferences, seminars and training opportunities, taking that extra step to learn more about the different areas of the fire service. Education is never wasted. While not a replacement for experience, it helps prepare for the experience. Learning about others’ experiences helps increase the likelihood of more positive outcomes. Education also dispels fire service myths. Vendor showcases provide the opportunity to see new equipment, vehicles and information that impacts the fire service. Vendors are able to show the latest technology the fire service uses to protect the community. The vehicles and equipment booths typically draw more traffic as visitors [...]

103, 2019

Fire Protection Systems Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Martin M. King, State Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter (Appeared in the March 2019 issue of The Dispatcher) Inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) records came up at several meetings recently. The main issue was where the inspection records need to be provided. This is a longtime issue with the owners, tenants, contractors, and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) because each has its own perspective on the ITM record retention. ITM of water-based fire protection systems are the responsibility of the property owner or designated representative. This can be found under NFPA 1, Chapter 13 Fire Protection Systems (13.1.5) or NFPA 25, Chapter 4 (4.31). Both state that the documentation shall be kept by the property owner and shall be made available upon request for review by the AHJ. NFPA 25 allows for "delegation of responsibility to the occupant (tenant), management firm, or managing individual through specific provisions in the lease, [...]