The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in homes. The coalition is a resource for information on home fire sprinklers and, through a cooperative effort with stakeholders, works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact co-chairs Roland Garcia and Paul Ward.
Coalition members during a 2016 meeting at the State Firefighters and Fire Marshals Association of Texas facility in Austin.
Coalition Shows Support for Burn Survivor Community
Coalition members Randy Crim (right) and Roland Garcia attended the Amos House of Faith's Sixth Annual Burn Survivor Gala in Houston. The nonprofit organization, led by burn survivor Justina Page, provides post-burn support to individuals affected by burn trauma. Randy and Roland represented the coalition by highlighting home fire sprinklers to attendees.
Coalition Honors Safety Advocates Promoting "Sprinkler Saves"
In 2016, the coalition honored fire safety advocates for efforts promoting fire sprinkler activations via the media. The Farmers Branch Fire Department was recognized for receiving the highest number of sprinkler activations--seven in total--in Texas in 2016. Cindy Giedraitis, regional manager with the National Fire Sprinkler Association (first photo, pictured left) joined Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy (first photo, right) in presenting the award to Tim Dedear, the department's deputy chief/fire marshal, and Wendi Kimpton, the department's fire prevention training coordinator.
The coalition also honored the Conroe Fire Department for publishing three sprinkler saves and producing news releases published by local media. Accepting the award was Andy Nokes (right photo, left), the department's lieutenant/deputy fire marshal, and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Legoudes, Jr. (middle).
Audiences Witness Fire's Power Firsthand
The Bryan Fire Department produced this recap of a 2016 live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration. The coalition also hosted its own demonstration showcasing the effectiveness of these devices, which activated during a fire in a mock bedroom:
Another demonstration showcased who quickly fire can spread and how little time residents have to seek safety:
Following the event, coalition co-chair Paul Ward, chief building official with the city of Southlake, Texas, explained why he has taken a pro-sprinkler stance:
Free Sprinkler Resources
The Home Fire Problem in Texas
Home fires pose one of the biggest threats to Texas residents. For example:
- There were close to 33,000 residential fires in 2013 and 2014, collectively.
- These fires caused nearly 220 civilian deaths and six firefighter deaths.
- Download this document for more information on the quantity and cost of fire in Texas, For data pertaining to Harris County, download this PDF.
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.