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Fred Durso

 

How NFPA can support your sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts

NFPA's Fred Durso underscores free resources available through NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative at NFPA's 2015 Sprinkler Summit in Boston

When it comes to sprinkler advocacy and education, NFPA's Fred Durso urged attendees at the 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Boston to not go it alone. NFPA, he said, can be an effective ally in promoting home fire sprinklers on a localized level and countering sprinkler opponents. 

Durso highlighted new resources available on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site that can assist advocates with their efforts. For instance, NFPA has developed a series of infographics that negate sprinkler myths and a new, 16-page document highlighting what homebuilders need to know about home fire sprinklers. 

Durso also urged attendees to get involved by joining or starting a state sprinkler coalition. These groups showcase a collaborative effort in support of sprinklers, and many are successfully championing for sprinkler requirements. The New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition, for instance, developed a series of op-eds and an online petition in order to drum up support for a residential sprinkler bill. "These coalitions showcase a strength-in-numbers approach to sprinkler advocacy," said Durso, communications manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.