Home insurer, homebuilder, and fire service emphasize residential sprinklers during exhibit

By Fred Durso, Jr. Tractors and, somewhat surprisingly, home fire sprinklers got the attention of the public during Ontario’s recent International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. “Looks like a small hockey puck!” said an intrigued visitor eyeing a concealed sprinkler head during a model home exhibit during the event, where free information from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition was on hand. He and others were interviewed by a local news station, which obtained a variety of perspectives from different stakeholder groups–including some groups typically at odds with each other on the issue of sprinklers–on the necessity of these life-saving devices. “A nice glass shower…

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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