2013 Home Fire Sprinkler Summit
NFPA hosts 2013 "Bringing Safety Home" Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago
Fire service representatives and other safety advocates from across the United States gathered in Chicago on April 16, 2013, for a one-day home fire sprinkler summit. The event, sponsored by NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, brought together more than 100 attendees to network, share best practices, and learn more about efforts and strategies to require the installation of fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes.
Where do we go from here?
In his closing remarks at the event, Don Bliss, NFPA's Vice President of Field Operations, encouraged attendees to continue networking and to develop a plan with achievable goals, such as state and/or local legislation, public education efforts, and getting involved with community development and planning issues, such as formal policies on fire flow, hydrant distance, building density, and road specifications.
Mr. Bliss also encouraged attendees to leverage stakeholders and special interest groups, including firefighters, building officials, medical/public health community, elected officials/legislators, sprinkler installers, water purveyors, homebuilders, the news media, community planners and community development agencies, and "green” building community/environmental advocates.
He asked that attendees keep in touch, and share their progress and "lessons learned" with NFPA's Regional Fire Sprinkler Specialists Tim Travers and Jeff Hudson.