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The rise of the state sprinkler coalition

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By Fred Durso, Jr.

Take a look at the map embedded into this post and you’ll notice something spectacular: residential sprinkler advocates are joining forces and contributing to an effective grassroots effort that’s spreading across the U.S. These coast-to-coast sprinkler coalitions (states with one are highlighted in blue) are promoting sprinkler education and, in some cases, convincing legislators and code-making bodies that sprinkler requirements are a necessary, life-saving measure.

An eclectic mix of fire service officials, burn survivors, water purveyors, and others, these groups have made a concerted effort to fight the strong resistance of sprinkler opponents. They strategize on how to counter the numerous myths, showcase just how deadly and prevelant home fires are in the U.S., and prevent yet another home fire death that could have been avoided.

Giving these groups the spotlight they deserve, I’ve pieced together an article for Sprinkler Age Magazine, the publication of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, on the efforts of these coalitions and how NFPA is offering its assistance. With 21 coalitions on the map, from Washington (the oldest) to Connecticut (the newest), their efforts showcase the successes of corralling groups together with a stake in sprinklers.

Read the article when you get a free moment (page 12). Residing in a state without a sprinkler coalition but would like to start one? Contact one of NFPA’s regional sprinkler specialists.

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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