In a state requiring home fire sprinklers, fire chief underscores how systems are saving lives

By Fred Durso, Jr. California is one of two states requiring sprinklers in new dwellings, and a recent sprinkler operation in Rancho Sante Fe illuminates the many benefits of these installations. A news item in the recent issue of Fire Protection Contractor Magazine (which originally appeared on the Rancho Santa Fe Review website) highlights what occurred when the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District arrived at the scene of a fire at a sprinklered home. The firefighters immediately discovered that only a single sprinkler head had activated and doused the fire. (Roughly 85 percent of the time, only one sprinkler head will activate during…

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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