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Series of fires in rural areas underscores the importance of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. A lack of fire hydrants and sparsity of fire stations in rural areas got the attention of an Idaho newspaper, which recently reported on a series of structure fires. A lack of hydrants, for instance, complicated response efforts during a structure fire this month in Meridian, Idaho. “Almost all fires in rural areas…they all get a greater start [than fires near hydrants],” Caldwell, Idaho, Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf, told the Idaho Press-Tribune. “They have a greater capability of spreading and doing more damage.” Research backs Wendelsdorf’s statements. According to NFPA’s “Characteristics of Home Fire Victims” report, the highest overall annual…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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