The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition has been formed for the purpose of coordinating education and advocacy efforts to promote fire sprinklers in the State of Missouri in order to enhance the future quality of life of the citizens and firefighters of Missouri. The goals set forth by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition in order to fulfill its stated purpose, include:
- Maintain a common and consistent message regarding fire sprinklers, which include:
- Fire sprinklers save lives and reduce injuries of both citizens and firefighters
- Fire sprinklers reduce economic loss
- Fire sprinklers reduce environmental impact of fires
- Provide education regarding the facts and myths about fire sprinklers by offering consistent, factual, and relevant data that supports the stated facts and dispels the perceived myths
- Create and maintain relationships with stakeholders associated with fire sprinklers
- Promote opportunities for the installation of fire sprinklers
- Provide support to contractors and installers
To join the coalition or for more information, contact chair Rick Ennis at 573-339-6790.
Free Materials Help Spread Importance of Home Fire Sprinklers
The coalition has initiated a special campaign to underscore the necessity of fire sprinklers in new homes. An array of free materials aims to assist local fire departments and other public entities in educating the importance of these devices via social media, news outlets, print publications, and online endeavors. (Read the official announcement from the coalition about the campaign.) Utilize the following materials for your educational efforts:
Local Homebuilder Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
Randy Propst, owner of Loran Construction, has seen the realities of fire sprinkler installation in new homes. He recently spoke with the National Fire Protection Association about this safety feature and why he's perplexed by the opposition's anti-sprinkler stance. Read the interview by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Fire Demonstration Draws Crowd During Coalition Summit
The coalition hosted a sprinkler summit in 2016 that attracted the fire service, homebuilders, and building officials. Following presentations on the value of home fire sprinklers, event organizers hosted a demonstration highlighting the fierceness of fire and the rapid response of home fire sprinklers. Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for a full recap of the event. And save the date--the coalition's next summit is March 22, 2017!
Local House Fire Kills Resident, Injures Another
A house fire near Springfield that occurred in December 2015 underscores the tragedies of these events. Forty-eight-year-old Joyce Dampier of Grandview died from smoke inhalation caused by the fire. The homeowner, Valli Redman, escaped the home but was treated for burn injuries and smoke inhalation, according to a news report. For information on how home fire sprinklers can drastically reduce the risk of dying in fires, download this "fast facts" sheet.
Spreading the Sprinkler Message in Missouri
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has developed a video highlighting the importance of home fire sprinklers. Fires were set in two identical homes--one with a sprinkler system, one without--and the outcomes of each were dramatic.
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is a leading resource for accurate, noncommercial information and materials about home fire sprinklers for consumers, the fire service, builders, and other professionals. HFSC offers free educational materials
about home fire sprinkler systems, how they work, why they provide affordable protection and answers to common myths and misconceptions about their operation.