The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in homes. The coalition is a resource for information on home fire sprinklers and, through a cooperative effort with stakeholders, works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact co-chairs Roland Garcia and Paul Ward.
Coalition members during a 2016 meeting at the State Firefighters and Fire Marshals Association of Texas facility in Austin.
Local Burn Survivors Convene During Gala
Roland Garcia (left), co-chair of the coalition, joined burn survivor Kechi Okwuchi from Pearland at the Seventh Annual Burn Survivors Gala in Houston. Okwuchi was a finalist on the TV show "America's Got Talent" and sang at the event. The coalition also secured a booth at the event that included information on home fire sprinklers.
State Fire Marshal Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
In a new video, Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy encourages residents to install fire sprinklers in new homes:
Coalition Honors Safety Advocates Promoting "Sprinkler Saves"
In 2016, the coalition honored fire safety advocates for efforts promoting fire sprinkler activations via the media. The Farmers Branch Fire Department was recognized for receiving the highest number of sprinkler activations--seven in total--in Texas in 2016. Cindy Giedraitis, regional manager with the National Fire Sprinkler Association (first photo, pictured left) joined Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy (first photo, right) in presenting the award to Tim Dedear, the department's deputy chief/fire marshal, and Wendi Kimpton, the department's fire prevention training coordinator.
The coalition also honored the Conroe Fire Department for publishing three sprinkler saves and producing news releases published by local media. Accepting the award was Andy Nokes (right photo, left), the department's lieutenant/deputy fire marshal, and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Legoudes, Jr. (middle).
Audiences Witness Fire's Power Firsthand
The Bryan Fire Department produced this recap of a 2016 live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration. The coalition also hosted its own demonstration showcasing the effectiveness of these devices, which activated during a fire in a mock bedroom:
Another demonstration showcased who quickly fire can spread and how little time residents have to seek safety:
Free Sprinkler Resources
The Home Fire Problem in Texas
Home fires pose one of the biggest threats to Texas residents. For example:
- There were close to 33,000 residential fires in 2013 and 2014, collectively.
- These fires caused nearly 220 civilian deaths and six firefighter deaths.
- Download this document for more information on the quantity and cost of fire in Texas, For data pertaining to Harris County, download this PDF.