Residential Fire Protection Sprinklers and You!

Residential Fire Protection Sprinklers and You!

One of the bigger issues that we as a Fire Service are facing today is the issue of Residential Fire Sprinklers. Every firefighter, rank or pay status not specific, should educate themselves as to the truths around sprinkler systems. The new technology that exists which differentiates these systems from commercial systems, of which firefighters are most familiar, creates a must for the firefighter to get involved and educated on these systems. Flow rates, piping types and sizes, the required water supply rates, and installation / maintenance are very specific to the residential systems. Please take the time to look at several sources: Faces of Fire, SC Residential Sprinkler Coalition facebook and web pages, FireTeamUSA, and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition sites. The Association is developing a video to aid in the training of fire service personnel and aid in debunking numerous myths and establishing SC truths and examples. Look for this and more soon. Fundamentally, please get involved and educated. The safety of our communities depend upon it.

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    michael
    Posted at 16:23h, 03 April Reply

    Glad to see this isssue being addressed. The fire service as a whole has not as of yet pushed this critical part of fire protection. I am amazed that the insurance industry and their powerful lobby have not demanded legislation mandating all new construction contain this feature. Maybe even go as far as to include retrofitting all homes. In a country where most fire protection is provided by volunteer departments with response times that allow for catastrophic events, this is a cause that needs advanced. How many lives could have or would be saved ? Not to mention the property aspect thats involved. It is the 21st century and in many cases the fire service is still in the 19th century. Where is the proactive leadership from our peers ? The most powerful voice for fire safety related issues (IAFF) is largely silent. It’s time to make this a priority.

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