HFSC 25 Years

HFSC 25 years
Since the 1970s when America Burning was published, fire safety organizations encouraged home fire sprinkler protection as an essential fire mitigation strategy. But no organization had the capacity to make that goal a priority. To fill that gap, the presidents of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, National Fire Protection Association and the National Fire Sprinkler Association pooled their resources in 1996, creating the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to focus exclusively on home fire sprinkler education. HFSC has evolved from the small group the founders envisioned into a national 501c(3) organization working in the US and Canada. HFSC is led by a diverse and active Board of Directors that includes its three founding members. In honor of HFSC’s 25 years, HFSC President Loraine Carli conducted a series of interviews and talks about the history and mission of the organization, resources, challenges and where the organization is headed.

Schedule of Interviews

May 12

Lorraine Carli

NFPA VP of Outreach and Advocacy, HFSC President

In honor of HFSC’s 25 years, HFSC President Loraine Carli talks about the history and mission of the organization, resources, challenges and where the organization is headed.

FSC President Loraine Carli talks about the history and mission of the organization, resources, challenges and where the organization is headed.

June 1

Shane Ray

NFSA President

Vickie Pritchett

NFSA Executive Officer

HFSC President Lorraine Carli talks to NFSA President Shane Ray and NFSA VP, Executive Officer Vickie Pritchett about NFSA’s role as a founding member, how NFSA supports and utilizes HFSC resources.

June 7

Mike Spaziani

FM Global Assistant VP/Senior Staff Engineering Specialist

In 2010 FM Global partnered with HFSC to conduct full-scale fire tests comparing the environmental impact of sprinklered and non-sprinklered home fires. In 2021 FM Global reaffirmed this groundbreaking work.

June 14

Bob Caputo

AFSA President

HFSC President Lorraine Carli talks to AFSA President Bob Caputo about AFSA’s role as a founding member. AFSA, NFSA and NFPA pooled their resources in 1996, creating HFSC to focus exclusively on home fire sprinkler education.

June 21

Jeff Feid

State Farm Insurance, Loss Mitigation Administrator

Jeff Feid, Loss Mitigation Administrator, State Farm, talks about how State Farm grant funding has helped HFSC successfully move forward with key educational programs. Those include the Built for Life Fire Department stipend program where fire departments receive stipends to support public outreach, especially during Home Fire Sprinkler Week.

June 28

Cara Gizzi

Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. VP, Education & Outreach
Cara Gizzi, VP, Education & Outreach, Underwriters Laboratories and HFSC President Lorraine Carli talk about UL’s important role serving on the HFSC board and how UL research supports HFSC messages about why home fires are fast and deadly.

July 5

Sean Tracey

HFSC Canada

Maya Milardovic

The Co-operators Group Ltd. Associate Vice President, Government Relations

Maya Milardovic, Associate VP, Government Relations, The Co-operators Group, Sean Tracey, HFSC Canada and HFSC President Lorraine Carli talk about the HFSC Canada team, which is made up of representatives from the NFPA, The Co-operators, Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

July12

Ron Siarnicki

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Executive Director

Ron Siarnicki, executive director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Lorraine Carli, HFSC president, talk about how the two organizations collaborate to support home fire sprinklers and firefighter health and safety.

July 19

Amy Acton

The Phoenix Society, Inc. CEO

Amy Acton, CEO of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Lorraine Carli, president of HFSC talk about how the Phoenix Society serves burn survivors, loved ones, burn care professionals, researchers, members of the fire service and anyone committed to empowering the burn.

July 26

Mike O’Brian

Brighton Area Fire Authority Fire Chief
International Association of Fire Chiefs

Michael O’Brian, Fire Chief, Brighton Area Fire Authority (BAFA) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) board member talks to HFSC President Lorraine Carli about why it is important for fire service leaders to support home fire sprinklers, to protect residents and firefighters.

August 2

Kevin Quinn

National Volunteer Fire Council First Vice Chairman

Kevin Quinn, 1st vice chairman, National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and HFSC President Lorraine Carli talk about how the two organizations collaborate to increase awareness about home fire sprinklers among volunteer firefighters.

August 9

Jon Narva

National Association of State Fire Marshals Director of External Relations

Jon Narva, director of external relations, National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and HFSC President Lorraine Carli talk about how home fire sprinklers support NASFM’s mission: to protect human life, property and the environment from fire. State fire marshals and senior fire officials play an important role in supporting the installation of home fire sprinklers. Each state has it’s own challenges and HFSC resources are easily adapted for those challenges. They also discuss the role of home fire sprinklers and community risk reduction, as more states implement CRR programs.