Builders attempt to eliminate new requirement for home fire sprinklers via court action

By Fred Durso, Jr. Image courtesy of Kittisak at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The city of Estero, Florida, celebrated a victory in October 2015, when its fire district unanimously passed an ordinance to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. The celebration, however, was…

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Plan now for the 2016 Remembering When Scholarship Conference

By Lisa Braxton Remembering When Conference 2015 NFPA will select up to 30 teams to participate in the expenses-paid Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, November 14-16. Those who are interested in building local…

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Sparky checks off bucket list item #8: Attend Oregon’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

By Audrey Cooney Sparky spent a day at Oregon’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, just in time for their annual Tulip Fest. Every year, a stunning expanse of colorful tulips stretch across the farm’s 40 acres of land, a spectacle that…

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Rarely getting the media’s attention, fire sprinklers extinguish series of recent home fires

By Fred Durso, Jr. It’s no surprise that news outlets are drawn to fire’s destructiveness; the drama, eye-catching images, and heroic rescues make for good TV and page-turning journalism. Just as captivating but seldom getting the credit they deserve are…

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Losing his fiancee in historic fire, burn survivor describes painful aftermath

By Fred Durso, Jr. In his previous post, NFPA blogger Rob Feeney discussed the nightmares and realities he experienced following the Station Nightclub fire in 2003. Grappling with the death of his fiancée, Donna, and his own injuries from the…

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Celebrate reading campaign with Sparky School House

By Lisa Braxton If you’ve thought about reading a fire safety story at school or at a community event, now is as fitting a time as any to consider doing so. D.E.A.R.–Drop Everything and Read–is a national, month-long celebration designed…

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Sparky checks off bucket list item #7: Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial

By Audrey Cooney This week, Sparky got to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the memorial commemorates Wilbur and Orville Wright’s historic experiments in aviation, including the “first flight” of 1903. This summer, the…

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State considered a fire sprinkler success story welcomes new leader

By Fred Durso, Jr. Jose Colin, co-chair of the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition When it comes to securing a requirement for home fire sprinklers, California has long been described as a state to be modeled. Getting all stakeholders to the…

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Sparky checks off bucket list item #6: Visit the Alamo

By Audrey Cooney Sparky got to visit the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Built in 1744 by Spanish missionaries, the Alamo was converted to a military fortification in the late 1800s. In 1836, it was the site of the famous…

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New bill in state requiring sprinklers looks to assist with installation costs

By Fred Durso, Jr. Image courtesy of koratmember at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Following the defeat of an anti-sprinkler bill in Maryland, legislators are now proposing legislation to offset costs associated with installing home fire sprinklers. Typically at odds with each other on…

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