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HFSC Video Series: AFSA President Discusses how to Decrease Sprinkler Installation Costs

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), HFSC launched a weekly video series beginning in May featuring interviews with industry professionals and practitioners who share stories and facts about home fire sprinkler advocacy in communities across the country. Last week, HFSC board member and FM Global assistant vice president and fire service programs manager Mike Spaziani discussed FM Global’s full-scale fire test on the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers, the beneficial environmental impact of sprinklers, and FM Global’s partnership with HFSC in educating the public on home fire sprinklers. In the video, Spaziani discusses FM Global’s environmental impact report from 2010, which can be found here. If you missed that video, check out our blog on it here. This week, HFSC President Lorraine Carli is joined by AFSA President Bob Caputo to discuss AFSA’s role as a founding member of HFSC. AFSA, NFSA and NFPA pooled their resources in 1996, creating HFSC to focus exclusively on home fire sprinkler education. In the video, Bob talks about the importance of public education on home fire sprinklers and the costs of sprinklers – specifically, how that cost can decrease if the sprinklers are hooked up to the plumbing system. Check out this week’s video below: Help NFPA and HFSC share the facts about the affordability, reliability, and effective protection of home fire sprinklers. For additional information, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative websites.

HFSC Video Series: FM Global Discusses Beneficial Environmental Impact of Home Fire Sprinklers

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and to help celebrate, HFSC developed a weekly video series featuring interviews with industry professionals and practitioners who share stories of their commitment to advocating for home fire sprinklers in communities across the country. Last week, HFSC president Lorraine Carli was joined by Shane Ray, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and Vickie Pritchett, NFSA executive officer, as they discussed NFSA’s role as a founding member of HFSC, its partnership with the American Fire Sprinkler Association and NFPA, and their continued efforts to educate local officials, the fire service and first responders, home builders, developers, realtors, and consumers about the value of sprinklers. If you missed that video, check out our blog on it here. This week, HFSC board member and FM Global assistant vice president and fire service programs manager Mike Spaziani discusses FM Global’s full-scale fire test on the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers, the beneficial environmental impact of sprinklers, and FM Global’s partnership with HFSC in educating the public on home fire sprinklers. In the video, Spaziani discusses FM Global’s environmental impact report from 2010, which can be found. In 2021, FM Global took another look at the impact of sprinklers, and found that in homes with fire sprinklers: Greenhouse gas emissions were cut by 97.8% Water usage was reduced between 50% and 91% Fewer persistent pollutants, such as heavy metals, were found in sprinkler wastewater versus fire hose water The high pH level and pollutant load of non-sprinkler wastewater are an environmental concern Learn more about the study and check out the full video below: This year, help us celebrate HFSC’s 25th anniversary by sharing the facts about the affordability, reliability, and effective protection of home fire sprinklers. For additional information, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative websites.

NFPA releases new NFPA 1584 fact sheet to assist fire departments with 2021 Safety Stand Down “Rebuild Rehab” training and education

NFPA has released a new fact sheet highlighting important elements of NFPA 1584 Standard on the Rehabilitation Process for Members During Emergency Operations and Training Exercises. The new, at-a-glance resource debuts just in time for the 2021 Safety Stand Down campaign, “Rebuild Rehab,” later this month. Each year, NFPA works with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FSDAO) to bring attention to a particular responder safety concern. This year’s campaign challenges departments to reframe their thinking around rehab to mitigate all the impacts of firefighting. Agencies across the country are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities from June 20-26 and focus on rehab education. An entire week has been set aside to ensure that all shifts and personnel can participate. Many think simply providing food and beverages to firefighters constitutes a rehab program but rehab should encompass all areas of health, including cardiac, nutrition, exposure, mental health, hydration, and heat stress. Earlier this year, two young firefighter recruits - Victor Melillo of New Jersey and Peyton Morse of New York - collapsed during training drills. Both perished. These incidents, as well as others year after year, underscore the importance of prioritizing rehab. In part, the new NFPA 1584 fact sheet, stresses that: Rehabilitation is an integral part of fire scene management, training exercises, and an occupational health and safety program Incident commanders, company officers, rehabilitation managers and firefighters all have critical roles and responsibilities Consistent terms including rehabilitation, recovery, active cooling, and passive cooling will ensure that all members understand key information Standard documentation can help crew members understand which rehab efforts to apply, what needs to be documented, and necessary tracking requirements The Safety Stand Down site offers a wide array of resources for departments. Additionally, members of the fire service are encouraged to take and share the “2021 Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz” Sweepstakes. The informative and interactive online quiz, available at  www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz;  features 13 questions and will be live through Wednesday, June 23. A limited-edition challenge coin commemorating this year’s Safety Stand Down theme will be given to 200 randomly selected participants.
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NFPA Journal 125th Anniversary Retrospective Article Hails the Importance of Home Sprinklers

Sprinklers have always been a part of the history of NFPA, beginning with the publication of its first standard ever published: NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. This history and commitment to the life-saving technology of sprinklers has embedded itself into the core of NFPA for 125 years. This is part of the reason why the message of the importance of home fire sprinklers as the way to advance fire safety further is so prominent in NFPA Journal’s 125th Anniversary retrospective piece, “Past is Prologue”. The piece reflects on the past 125 years of fire and life safety work the association has done to champion the necessary precautions and actions to against fire and other hazards. It also looks ahead to the future and what is needed to save more lives and more property. The article opens with a story about the deadly fire in Natick, MA earlier this year, where a man lost his life in a newly-built (2019) home that went up in flames in the middle of the night. This event contradicts a popular home fire sprinkler myth, that new homes don’t burn as easily. There are quite a few myths about home sprinklers that NFPA has debunked recently. These myths spread false information about residential sprinklers and prevent people from learning how crucially important they can be in the event of a home fire. The home in Natick had smoke alarms, but no sprinklers. In most jurisdictions, fire sprinklers are not required in one-and two-family homes: the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) are looking to change that. Check out the NFPA Journal article here. For additional information about home fire sprinklers, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
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In Honor of Home Fire Sprinkler Week, HFSC President Highlights the Coalition’s 25 Years of Work

Home Fire Sprinkler Week (HFSW) is coming to a close, but the message of home fire sprinklers is one that always needs to be shared. The annual initiative is a project of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI). This week-long campaign is the perfect opportunity to get the tools you need to help further the life-saving educational message of home fire sprinklers. These tools include: A brand new HFSW digital campaign to reach younger homebuyers to help emphasize the need for home fire sprinklers in communities A new video to highlight the green benefits of installing home fire sprinklers (link to video) This year marks HSFC’s 25th anniversary and to celebrate, HFSC developed a weekly video series that will launch later this month and touches on topics such as the environmental impact of fire sprinklers and firefighter safety. Hear what HFSC board members and other important voices in the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem have to say in these engaging interviews. To kick off the video series, here is HFSC President Lorraine Carli to explain the history and evolution of the coalition, its dedication to the life-saving technology of home sprinklers, its commitment to grassroots fire safety education, and HFSC’s emphasis on digital and online resources to further the important messages of the coalition:       Please join HFSC and NFPA in sharing valuable, life-saving information during Home Fire Sprinkler Week. For additional information, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Fire Sprinkler Initiative.
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