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December 2012 FSI newsletter

 

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December 2012
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Arizona community uses federal money to fund fire sprinkler projects
Scott Somers, Vice Mayor of Mesa, AZ, explains how his community is using federal money to fund fire sprinkler projects. In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, he says the projects were designed to stabilize troubled neighborhoods and stimulate economic growth. He says that in his nearly two decades of fire service experience, he has witnessed firsthand how fire sprinklers are guardians of life and property. He says that fire sprinklers can be a strategic tool to spur job growth and economic opportunity. Mesa has taken an innovative approach to sprinkler advocacy with this approach.

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Delaware's Jerry Clifton shares perspective on home fire sprinkler requirement
Newark, DE, is the only community in the state to require fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. It adopted the requirement by ordinance in 2001. Vice Mayor Jerry Clifton explains the history behind the requirement and his perspective on the issue. “We have had no push back from the development community...it's no real issue, it's just the code and they do it,” he says. There is $30 million dollars worth of projects currently approved to be built. The requirement causes no negative impact on community development.
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Faces of Fire: Two grandchildren lost in a home fire on Christmas morning
Here is a timely account of the Bailey family's personal story of loss during a fire in their home on Christmas morning, 2009. The Baileys' two grandchildren, 12-year-old Solon and 10-year-old Liam lost their lives in the fire, despite desperate attempts by the family to reach them. Three firefighters were injured in the blaze. The Baileys' home smoke alarms worked and the fire department was automatically summoned by their security system. “Even with our alert systems working properly, we couldn't save the boys,” says Mr. Bailey.
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Fire Sprinkler Initiative at NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative participated as an exhibitor at the NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition in Boston last month. The event brought together local leaders from cities across the United States. It provided an excellent opportunity to network with policy-makers, many of whom were unaware that legislative action has taken away local control to require fire sprinklers in new homes.
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NFPA accepting public input for NFPA 13D standard
NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Fire Sprinklers in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes is currently undergoing its revision cycle, and NFPA has issued a call for the public to submit proposed revisions. NFPA accepts public input on documents via its online electronic submission system. Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the standards development process.
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New report provides review of state fire deaths
NFPA has published the U.S. Unintentional Fire Death Rates by State report. Written by John R. Hall, Jr., and using data from U.S. death certificates, this report provides an extensive review of fire death tolls and rates relative to population for all fifty states, with analyses of the role of socioeconomic and other characteristics. View in a full screen map.
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Texas Fire Marshal touts life safety benefits of residential fire sprinklers
In Texas, no one has died in a fire in the past ten years inside an apartment complex equipped with a fire sprinkler system. Meanwhile, 114 people have been killed by fires in apartments not equipped with the systems. “Fire sprinklers save lives,... fire sprinkler systems in new apartment complexes has greatly reduced the loss of life and property,” says State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.
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UMass Amherst residence halls now protected by fire sprinklers
All 45 residence halls at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are now protected with fire sprinkler systems, following a voluntary retrofit to protect students in one of the nation's largest on-campus housing systems. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan hailed the achievement as an impressive commitment to public safety. More than 12,100 students in 7,163 rooms are now protected by sprinkler systems.
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Texas fire department launches fire sprinkler education initiative
Hutto Fire Rescue has launched a new initiative aimed at educating the public about the savings — both in lives and dollars — afforded by home fire sprinkler systems. “There's a lot of misinformation out there...what we're trying to do is to start to educate the public about the benefits of home fire sprinklers,” says Fire Chief Scott Kerwood.
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Early morning kitchen fire extinguished by single sprinkler
An early morning kitchen fire in a townhouse in Bryans Road, MD, was quickly extinguished by a single fire sprinkler. The occupant felt very lucky to have the protection of the fire sprinkler system. “This is yet another example of the effectiveness of automatic fire sprinklers in residential occupancies. Residential fire sprinklers save lives and property. The presence of fire sprinklers undoubtedly prevented a more tragic outcome,” says State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard.
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