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Sprinkler expert outlines the fire challenges of modern homes

By Mike Hazell The Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit winds down this afternoon, after a full day of providing sprinkler advocates with the latest information and inside scoop on home fire sprinklers. Bob Eugene, senior regulatory engineer from UL, LLC, Building and Life Safety, discusses the fire challenges in modern residences. Also see: In a recent post on NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog, we outlined several reasons why newer homes may pose a higher risk to occupant and firefighter safety in the event of a fire: New methods of construction negatively impact occupant and firefighter life safety under fire conditions. Specifically, risks created…

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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