The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition has been formed for the purpose of coordinating education and advocacy efforts to promote fire sprinklers in the State of Missouri in order to enhance the future quality of life of the citizens and firefighters of Missouri.
The goals set forth by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition in order to fulfill its stated purpose, include:
- Maintain a common and consistent message regarding fire sprinklers, which include:
- Fire sprinklers save lives and reduce injuries of both citizens and firefighters
- Fire sprinklers reduce economic loss
- Fire sprinklers reduce environmental impact of fires
- Provide education regarding the facts and myths about fire sprinklers by offering consistent, factual, and relevant data that supports the stated facts and dispels the perceived myths
- Create and maintain relationships with stakeholders associated with fire sprinklers
- Promote opportunities for the installation of fire sprinklers
- Provide support to contractors and installers
To join the coalition or for more information, contact chair Rick Ennis at 573-339-6790.
Attend Upcoming Home Fire Sprinkler Summit
Mark your calendars! The coalition is hosting a home fire sprinkler summit on Friday, March 23, 2018. This all-day event aims to increase awareness and educate attendees on home fire sprinklers. Witness a side-by-side burn demonstration featuring fire sprinklers. Speakers will be announced soon, and lunch will be provided.
Fire in Rural Home Extinguished by Not-Your-Average "Sprinkler"
The odd circumstances around a fire occurring in rural New Madrid County, Missouri, demonstrated the advantages of rapid water application to a fire in its incipient stage. On the evening of January 2, just before 5 p.m., a fire occurred in an occupied, single-family dwelling. The home was located approximately eight miles outside of New Madrid, along a gravel county road. The closest water supply for firefighting was six miles from the home. The weather was clear, but temperatures were in the single digits. Read how an unconventional "fire sprinkler" aided the suppression of this fire by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Resident Decides to Fire Sprinkler His New Home
In an interview with the National Fire Protection Association, Rogersville resident Joe Thomas discusses the home fire that altered his life and his family's decision to build a new home with fire sprinklers. Thomas discusses installation costs and living with this technology.
Free Materials Help Spread Importance of Home Fire Sprinklers
The coalition has initiated a special campaign to underscore the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homes. An array of free materials aims to assist local fire departments and other public entities in educating the importance of these devices via social media, news outlets, print publications, and online endeavors. (Read the official announcement from the coalition about the campaign.) Utilize the following materials for your educational efforts:
Local Homebuilder Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
Randy Propst, owner of Loran Construction, has seen the realities of fire sprinkler installation in new homes. He recently spoke with the National Fire Protection Association about this safety feature and why he's perplexed by the opposition's anti-sprinkler stance. Read the interview by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Fire Demonstration Draws Crowd During Coalition Summit
The coalition hosted a sprinkler summit in 2016 that attracted the fire service, homebuilders, and building officials. Following presentations on the value of home fire sprinklers, event organizers hosted a demonstration highlighting the fierceness of fire and the rapid response of home fire sprinklers.
Spreading the Sprinkler Message in Missouri
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has developed a video highlighting the importance of home fire sprinklers. Fires were set in two identical homes--one with a sprinkler system, one without--and the outcomes of each were dramatic.