Chase Browning

Oregon Deputy Fire Marshal Receives National Award For Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

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The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) awarded Chase Browning from the Medford Fire Department with the Bringing Safety Home Award.

The award recognizes fire service members and other safety advocates who use HFSC’s home fire sprinkler educational materials and Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) resources to educate local officials as part of an effort to upgrade or pass new home fire sprinkler legislation.

Browning, the Chair of the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition, has been a champion for the lifesaving benefits of fire sprinklers for many years. He was influential in participating in HFSC’s Fire Sprinkler Developer Incentives program, working alongside several builders and developers. He has participated in the code adoption process with Oregon’s Building Codes Division (BCD), making certain that the BCD does not amend NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. While working in the HFSC pilot process for the incentives campaign, Browning continues to educate builders/developers on the financial benefits of the incentives and hopes to see more voluntary use of sprinklers.

“Deputy Fire Marshal Browning is an excellent example of the many local champions working to reduce loss from home fires by acting locally to increase the number of new homes built with sprinklers,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and HFSC president. “We are extremely pleased to present this award to such an active life safety advocate.”

As part of his many advocacy efforts, Browning was instrumental in building two fire sprinkler burn trailers, one from a $10,000 Bringing Safety Home grant, and one in conjunction with the Ashland Fire Department through a FEMA grant. He promotes the use of these trailers in Oregon, conducting or being a part of many side-by-side demonstrations. The trailers continue to be deployed throughout the state.

With Brownings support, the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed 11 educational presentations, which are posted on the Coalition website, and used to promote home fire sprinklers throughout the state. All are based on HFSC, NFPA, and FSI materials. He has developed personal relationships with and delivered advocacy programs to water purveyors, sprinkler contractors, home builders, developers, fire services, building officials, city managers, and many others. Browning has also started developing a home fire sprinklers best practices guide with plans to share it with many others across the country.

Through Browning’s tireless efforts, the Coalition ensures that every year Oregon actively participates in Home Fire Sprinkler Week, and that the activities of the Coalition are occurring in most areas of the state. He also teaches technical sprinkler classes across the country on behalf of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.

“Deputy Fire Marshal Browning is a glowing example of an increasing cadre of local champions taking on the work to reduce loss from home fires by acting locally,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and HFSC president. “We are extremely pleased to present this award to such an active life safety advocate.”

As the Bringing Safety Home Award recipient, Chase was awarded a $1000 grant to further fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts in his community.