The Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the State of Oregon. The Coalition actively works to educate stakeholder groups on residential fire sprinklers and collaborates with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to residential fire sprinkler requirements.
If you have questions or would like to participate in the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition, contact Coalition Chair Shawn Olson, Fire Inspector, Clackamas Fire District #1, at 503-742-2663.
Coalition to Host Live Burn/Sprinkler Demonstration
Underscoring the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers, the coalition will host a demonstration for the public on Tuesday, October 27 in Wilsonville. The event takes place in conjunction with the 2015 Oregon Building Officials Association (OBOA) Fall Educational Institute, which includes education tracks promoting fire and life safety. Visit OBOA's site for more information on both events.
Coalition Receives $10,000 for Sprinkler Efforts
The National Fire Protection Association's Fire Sprinkler Initiative has selected the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition as one of the recipients of its Bringing Safety Home Grant. The funds will further local sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts in 2015. Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog throughout the year to read how sprinkler advocates in Oregon and elsewhere are utilizing the grant.
Save the Dates for Upcoming Coalition Meetings!
Thursday, November 5, 2015
State Fire Marshal's Office
4760 Portland Road NE
Thursday, December 3, 2015 (lunch provided)
Medford Fire-Rescue Headquarters
200 S. Ivy Street
The Home Fire Problem in Oregon
Home fires pose one of the biggest threats to Oregon residents. For example:
From 2004 to 2013, there were nearly 350 fire deaths.
During that time frame, home fires also caused more than 2,500 injuries.
For more information on Oregon home fires and the benefits of home fire sprinklers, download the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition fact sheet.
Free Resources Help Spread the Sprinkler Message
The Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed a series of presentations aimed at helping local advocates tackle topics that make a compelling case for home fire sprinklers. Subjects include:
- the home fire problem and the sprinkler solution
- information on NFPA 13D, the sprinkler standard
- addressing water supply concerns
- sprinkler mythbusters
- Homeowner Recognition and Education Program
- the cost of home fire sprinklers
To obtain free PowerPoint versions of these presentations, visit the City of Medford Fire and Rescue site.
Sprinklers in the News
Coalition members took part in a live burn/sprinkler demonstration in April 2015 for a group of community leaders. The fire sprinkler in one of the structures operated in 34 seconds and effectively extinguished the fire. The structure without sprinklers flashed over in about two minutes.
- Oregon Fire Marshal’s Association (OFMA)
- Oregon State Fire Marshals (OSFM)
- Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA)
- Oregon Fire District Directors Association (OFDDA)
- Governors Fire Service Policy Council
- American Family Insurance
National & Regional Organizations
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.