HFSC Canada Emphasizes Collaboration to Help Drive Home Fire Sprinkler Safety Education
More than 20 years ago, there were just a few U.S. and Canadian fire departments promoting the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers in new homes. Today, the fire service is the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s (HFSC) most important partner in delivering quality grassroots awareness and education programs across North America. This year as HFSC celebrates its 25th anniversary, we’re conducting interviews with HFSC’s founding members and other leading organizations in a new video series that shares stories of the coalition’s early days, its continued work with the fire service, and the progress and success HFSC has seen since its inception. The series is hosted by HFSC President Lorraine Carli and in our last video, she talked to Cara Gizzi, Vice President of Education & Outreach for Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL). UL has been a long-time member of the HFSC board and provides important research that helps support the coalition’s messaging. This week, Lorraine interviews Maya Milardovic, Associate Vice President, Government Relations, The Co-operators Group, and Sean Tracey, HFSC Canada, two key members of the HFSC Canada team, which is made up of representatives from NFPA, The Co-operators, the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. HFSC Canada is the driving force behind a well-coordinated country-wide effort to raise awareness about home fire sprinklers through public education and supporting the fire service and their community outreach. HFSC Canada also works with local stakeholders to promote home fire sprinkler developer incentives. In the video, both Maya and Sean point to the fact that no one organization can go it alone nor should people feel they are on their own in their advocacy efforts. The key, they say, is working with like-minded organizations, individuals, and the fire service, all of whom have the same desire and enthusiasm to share best practices and consistent messages and resources that can help educate communities about the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Maya and Sean agree that the HFSC has been an incredible source of information and support for those who want to get involved. Now is a great time to get involved in home fire sprinkler advocacy work in Canada! Watch the full video interview to learn more about HFSC Canada and their efforts: Visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website to get information and resources to help communicate the value of sprinkler technology and the need for more home installations to save more lives. Additional information about HFSC Canada can be found at homefiresprinklercanada.ca If you missed any of the previous interviews, find the full video series on HFSC’s website.