The Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Coalition volunteers actively work to educate stakeholder groups and collaborate with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to the acceptance of fire sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact Coalition Chair Chase Browning at 541-774-2315.
Strength in numbers: Members of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition at a recent meeting in Medford, Oregon.
Advocacy on Wheels: Coalition Creates Eye-Catching Bus Ad
Safety advocates are taking their sprinkler education and advocacy on the road, literally. Coalition members developed this bus ad promoting home fire sprinklers that includes includes the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) website. The ad was funded with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency administered to the City of Medford Fire-Rescue and Ashland Fire and Rescue.
Coalition Members Educate Water Purveyors on Home Fire Sprinklers
Water purveyors might not be aware of the technical aspects of home fire sprinklers or the benefits of this technology. Sprinkler misconceptions have led this group to assess extraneous fees that can drive up installation cost. Addressing this problem, coalition members joined forces to educate their local water purveyors on home fire sprinklers. Members of the Washington and Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalitions attended the 2018 Pacific Northwest American Water Works Association Section Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington. During an education session, the coalitions had an experienced water purveyor discuss his experience partnering with stakeholders in reducing cost barriers related to water supplies for home fire sprinklers.
Local Homebuilder Supports Home Fire Sprinklers
With 40-plus years experience in the building business, Steve Asher's forte is custom homebuilding and remodeling. Another astounding tidbit about this Oregon-based builder and president of Asher Homes, Inc.: roughly 75 percent of his homes are equipped with home fire sprinklers. Why, in a nation with anti-sprinkler opponents mainly from the homebuilding industry, does Asher take a different tone? Read his interview with the National Fire Protection Association.
FEMA Grants Used to Sprinkler Two New Homes
A few ingenious minds in Oregon have secured federal dollars to safeguard some and educate entire communities on a key, home safety technology. Members of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition have received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fire sprinkler two new homes. While the grant will cover the installation costs in homes, the money will second as a public education tactic for the necessity of home fire sprinklers in all new homes. For the full story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Fire Marshal Sprinklers His Own Home
Coalition member and Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg crafted a story on installing sprinklers in his home. "It is good to know my family is protected by this life-saving system," he states. "It brings my family peace of mind knowing that as we are sleeping, the fire sprinklers are ready to activate if needed." Read the full story.
Grant Produces Eye-Catching Sprinkler Trailer
Using a grant supplied by the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition has produced a sprinkler demonstration trailer wowing crowds throughout the Beaver State. In front of a crowd of 75 people, the trailer recently demonstrated the rapid spread of today's home fires and the quick response of home fire sprinklers in fighting these blazes. In the side of the trailer not protected with sprinklers, flashover occurred in under three minutes. Nothing living survives a flashover.
Watch the following video of a fire demonstration involving the trailer, which includes important tidbits about home fires:
The Home Fire Problem in Oregon
Home fires pose one of the biggest threats to Oregon residents. For example:
- From 2010-2015, there have been nearly 14,000 residential fires
- Nearly 70 percent of these fires were in homes without working smoke alarms
- These fires resulted in 54 fatalities, 243 injuries, and $132 million in property loss.
For more information on Oregon home fires and the benefits of home fire sprinklers, download the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition fact sheet.
Free Resources Help Spread the Sprinkler Message
The Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed a series of presentations aimed at helping local advocates tackle topics that make a compelling case for home fire sprinklers. Subjects include:
- the home fire problem and the sprinkler solution
- information on NFPA 13D, the sprinkler standard
- addressing water supply concerns
- sprinkler mythbusters
- Homeowner Recognition and Education Program
- the cost of home fire sprinklers
To obtain free PowerPoint versions of these presentations, visit the City of Medford Fire and Rescue site.
- Oregon Fire Marshal’s Association (OFMA)
- Oregon State Fire Marshals (OSFM)
- Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA)
- Oregon Fire District Directors Association (OFDDA)
- Governors Fire Service Policy Council
- American Family Insurance
National & Regional Organizations