The Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to educating Wyoming residents that lives are saved by installing home fire sprinklers.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact coalition Chair Justin Smith at 307-258-3125.
Fiery Demo Makes Convincing Case for Home Fire Sprinklers
During Fire Prevention Week 2016, members of the coalition participated in a demonstration in Lander that pitted the power of fire sprinklers against the fierceness of today's home fires. Through grant funding awarded to the coalition by the National Fire Protection Association, two identical structures--one equipped with home fire sprinklers, one without--were set on fire to show how quickly fire spreads and how rapidly sprinklers respond to fire. Nearly 200 people witnessed the nighttime event, which helped to accentuate the fire's behavior. Students at the Lander Valley High School created the structures, and the sprinkler materials were donated by Mountain West Fire Protection in Casper. Visit the Lander Fire Department's Facebook page for a video of the event.
Watch another fire demonstration conducted in 2016 by the Laramie Fire Department :
Coalition Chair Crafts Important Sprinkler Message to Media
Coalition chair Justin Smith was recently interviewed by a local NBC affiliate following the deaths of two people from a home fire. Smith used this tragedy to delicately underscore important points on home fire sprinklers. Get the full story by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Have You Seen Scorch?
Scorch making a subtle appearance during a presentation at NFPA's 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit
Scorch the Sock Monkey has become a local fixture since his debut at the 2015 Respond Wyoming Conference in Riverton. During a live burn/sprinkler demonstration at the event, Scorch was placed in a mock bedroom protected by sprinklers. In less than a minute, the fire activated the sprinklers but Scorch escaped without melting a stitch of his yarn or experiencing any injury!
Scorch became an instant celebrity at the conference and has since committed making Wyoming and America a safer place to live, work, and play. Many public safety organizations have sought out Scorch for his assistance in helping them get the word out about public safety. There have been Scorch sightings at the Wyoming Fallen Firefighters Memorial service, Wyoming Association of Fire Marshal’s meeting, Wyoming Conference of Building Officials event, International Association of Electrical Inspectors Conference, and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit in Phoenix. He's also managed to sneak in some leisure time; there have been sightings of him on a fishing boat and in Alaska with a grisly bear.
Please report any sightings and photos of Scorch to Assistant State Fire Marshal Mark Young.
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.