Need a Refresher on Home Fire Sprinkler Systems? Take This Free Online Course

Despite growing interest in home fire sprinkler systems across the U.S. and Canada, unrealistic myths and other inaccurate information about home fire sprinkler technology persist. When questions arise, the local fire service is typically the first point of contact for consumers, homebuilders, public works employees and local officials. If you’re in the line of fire, [...]

Home Fire Sprinklers: Ask for Them!

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For many, building a new home is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are a lot of details to consider, and many options to choose. Safety is at the forefront of those choices for most consumers, and fire safety should be among them. In every community, consumers need to know the facts about home fires as well [...]

Vocational/Technical Students Learn the Facts about Home Fire Sprinklers in 15 Communities

This past year, 15 U.S. fire departments undertook effective new programs to team up with local vocational/technical schools in targeted home fire sprinkler education programs for students and the public. This grassroots outreach was part of HFSC’s Built for Life Fire Department Vocational Stipend program, funded through a 2011 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant. The [...]

New Federal Grant to Help Increase Home Fire Sprinkler Awareness and Demand

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The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has received a fiscal year 2012 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant through the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Grant will fund HFSC’s ambitious new strategy to battle an age-old problem – lack of information about home fires and the lifesaving benefits of [...]

Home Fire Sprinkler Coaliton Welcomes New Board President Lorraine Carli

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The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has appointed Lorraine Carli president of its Board of Directors. Carli will preside over the Coalition’s regular meetings and oversee HFSC outreach activities. She has been a member of HFSC’s board since 2007. As vice president of communications for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Carli oversees all [...]

Call for Nominations: “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

Last year's recipient of the Bringing Safety Home Award, Maryland State Fire Marshal Bill Barnard (center, right), pictured with HFSC's Peg Paul (left), NFPA's Lorraine Carli (center, left), and HFSC's Gary Keith (right).

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present a national award that recognizes the outstanding local efforts of a fire official who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems in [...]

Catlett, Virginia ‘Green’ Homebuilder Wins iPad Mini in Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Drawing

A Fauquier County, Virginia homebuilder who evaluated new educational information and materials about home fire sprinkler systems has won an Apple iPad Mini in a random drawing.  Anthony Palladino, Building Designer CGP at Golden Rule Builders in Catlett, Virginia, was one of more than 200 members of the homebuilding industry that evaluated the online 3D [...]

Dramatic Home Fire Sprinkler Demonstration to Kick Off First-Ever North American Fire Sprinkler Expo

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WHO: North Las Vegas Fire Department, Clark County Fire Department and the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) WHAT: The two fire departments and HFSC will host a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration for the public. The demonstration will feature two simulated rooms that are similarly furnished, however, one will be protected [...]

Fire Strikes Brand New House, Destroying It and a Lifetime of Memories

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On a chilly autumn morning in 2006, Mayer Fistal was in the kitchen of his new home having just used the propane stove in the den for the first time. His wife, Sheri, was heading to the basement to get breakfast for their overnight guests. Suddenly, Sheri noticed a light coming from the living room [...]

New Stipends Help Fire Departments Educate Future Homebuilders, Architects and the Public about Home Fire Sprinklers

Through funding from a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) will offer two new stipend programs to U.S. fire departments looking to increase home fire sprinkler education within their communities. One of the two stipend programs this year is a completely new concept in home fire sprinkler [...]

Fire Marshal Stretches HFSC Stipend to Reach and Educate More than 1,000 in His Community

Sanford (Maine) Fire Marshal Peter Cutrer

Sanford (Maine) Fire Marshal Peter Cutrer knows all about stretching a budget. He worked under a spending freeze for two years in a fire prevention bureau that’s been cut down to a staff of one – just Cutrer. So when he learned that HFSC had awarded Sanford a $1,000 BUILT FOR LIFE Fire Department (BFLFD) [...]