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Spring 2018 Issue

Fire sprinklers contain truck fire in building

WAUKESHA, WI (May 27, 2018) - Fire sprinklers contained a fire in a large box truck used to deliver cooking oil, May 27th, until the City of Waukesha Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. Three sprinklers contained the fire [...]

Hartford Apartment Complex Fire

HARTFORD, WI (February 28, 2018) - On Thursday, Feb. 28th, the Hartford Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene of a 12-unit apartment building for report of a cooking fire, smoke and visible flames. This is a newly [...]

Winter 2017 Issue

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 in a building protected with fire sprinklers. The second fire occurred last month in a building without fire sprinklers.

The photos show the dramatic difference, as the sprinklers prevented the fire from spreading. Occupants were allowed back into their apartments in just a few hours. The fire extinguished by a fire sprinkler resulted in $8,000 in damages compared to the fire without sprinklers that caused between $500,000 to $750,000 in damages. Occupants in the fire without sprinklers will be displaced for months.

The Waukesha Freeman used the photos and information (December 15, 2017) to report that sprinklers prevented over $1M in damages. The article included quotes from Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Chief, and Brian Charlesworth, Fire Marshal, both with the Waukesha Fire Department. Martin King, NFSA’s Wisconsin State Coordinator, was also quoted.

Waukesha apartment fire

Residents will be displaced for months from this Waukesha apartment building.

King pointed out that the state has backpedaled when it comes to requiring fire sprinklers in apartments buildings because of the added cost.

Waukesha Rivercrest Apartments: not protected with fire sprinklersOne occupant can be safe, while their neighbor may not be, like the case with improper smoking material. If the building is not protected with fire sprinklers, the costs go beyond the loss of property. Occupants and firefighters are at risk, occupants are displaced and often forced to rebuild their lives.

View the article “Fire officials: Sprinkler systems curb destruction in blazing apartments” here.

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]