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Fire official: Building without sprinklers is building substandard housing

By Fred Durso, Jr. Following a house fire in Racine, Wisconsin, this summer that injured three adults and a firefighter, a fire official made a point to underscore the consequences of not building homes to today’s standards. “Older homes such as where this fire occurred are not required to be protected with fire sprinklers,” said Dan Gengler, a retired member of the Wisconsin fire service, in a story that appeared in a National Fire Sprinkler Association newsletter. “But the bigger issue is that Wisconsin has failed to adopt the latest national model building codes from NFPA. These requirements are meant to prevent injuries to…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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