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 Shawn Olson, Fire Inspector, Clackamas Fire District #1, at 503-742-2663.
Strength in numbers: Members of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition at a recent meeting in Medford, Oregon.
Coalition Responds to Home Fire Killing Six Family Members
The small town of Riddle lost six of their own after a single home fire killed six members of the same family. According to news reports, a space heater placed too close to combustible materials caused the fire. Reports also indicate that at least one of the home's smoke alarms was working at the time of the fire. The tragedy has prompted the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition to underscore the necessity of home fire sprinklers. For more on this story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
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
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC)
is a leading resource for accurate, noncommercial information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers, the fire service, builders, and other professionals. HFSC offers free educational materials about home fire sprinkler systems, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation.