Fire Sprinkler Initiative...What Is It?

Excerpt taken directly from: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative is an advocacy campaign aimed at increasing the number of new, one- and two-family homes protected by fire sprinklers.

NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative helps stakeholders navigate the code-making and legislative process to get fire sprinkler requirements for new homes passed in their communities. The initiative offers an array of free research, resources, and on-the-ground support that can help sprinkler advocates underscore the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers. NFPA also assists sprinkler coalitions in convincing the public and their decision makers that sprinklers are needed in homes, where people have the greatest risk of dying from fire. These resources are complemented by NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog that disseminate news underscoring the home fire problem and tactics for successful advocacy and sprinkler code adoption.

Home fire sprinklers are a crucial, life-saving technology, since sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying from home fires by 85 percent.

Fire Sprinkler Initiative News

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire - The Day After

Photo: Benoit Moser, Associated Press

Photo: Benoit Moser, Associated Press

Yesterday, the world lost a piece of something truly special. It is not just a French or Catholic tragedy, but a global calamity to see something so beautiful and so historic on fire. Gratefully, much of the structure and many of the irreplaceable pieces of artwork were able to be saved. Additionally, support is already pouring in to rebuild. From the ashes of this catastrophe, something great will rise. However, it would have been better to never have happened at all.

The cause is still being investigated, but initial reports are pointing towards an accident from restoration efforts that started the blaze in the roof. It potentially could have been an electrical problem from temporary power cables needed for the renovations or a carelessly thrown cigarette butt.

Whatever the cause, this horrible catastrophe should inspire us all to take a moment and think about how we can be intentional about preventing such a disaster in our own lives.

1.      Fire alarms are not a nuisance; they keep you and your property safe. The fire at Notre Dame triggered multiple alarms; however, the fire was not discovered until 23 minutes after the first alarm went off. Take any fire alarm seriously and make sure yours are in working order.

2.      Think about what you can do to prevent a fire from occurring. The caretakers at Notre Dame took a multitude of precautions, but this horrific fire still occurred. There is always a risk, but it is important to reduce that risk as much as possible.

3.      Continue to educate yourself and learn about fire prevention. The Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company is committed to continued training and education for our members as well as the entire community. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe below to receive periodic email updates. Also, consider attending our Open House event on April 27th!

4.      Always remember that you, your family, and your property are worth protecting! If you take anything from this event, let it inspire you to action in taking that one extra step towards fire prevention at home or at your workplace. Fire prevention cannot stop at education, it must be acted our every day!

New York State Fire Academy Annual Conference

This past weekend past weekend (March 29th โ€“ 31st) two of our firefighters, Waqas Pervaiz and Rob Graham took advantage of specialized training offered by the Office of Fire Protection and Control (OFPC) at Montour Falls. They received training in Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Awareness as well as in Training Officer Basic Exterior Fire Operations (BEFO) & Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus/Interior Firefighter Operations (SCBA/IFO). It was a great opportunity to benefit from cross-company experience and get perspective from very seasoned firefighters.