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12/27/2012

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Firefighters are too often hurt or killed while battling a blaze in a one and two family structure. Unlike commercial buildings, the contents in private residences are close to 100% combustible, including the residence itself. Then add the potential of life inside needing help, including children and you can understand why statistics show that home is where the firefighter is at most risk.
Installation of a quick response sprinkler system would reduce such stats dramatically. States, cities, townships should develop a program where a homeowner is awarded for retrofitting a sprinkler system into their castle. Such a program would ultimately save money for everyone from the costs of treating the injured; firefighters and homeowners alike.

Does the data supports or shows if there is a direct correlation between the reductions of fire fighter injuries in sprinklered structures versus unsprinklered structures? It appears that occupancies that are more likely to be sprinklered, such as public assemblies, show a higher percentage of fire fighter injuries than the single family dwellings which are less likely to be sprinklered.

Has there been a study on the reduction of asbestos exposure through fire sprinkler suppression? When dormant those toxic fibers don't cause much damage, but it seems obvious that firefighters would have increased exposure during a heavy structure fire. Modern sprinkler installations could reduce those long-term, environmental health risks.

I am a little confused because in reading the FEMA report for 2011 dated July 2012, firefighter fatalities I see that over 60% of deaths were from stress or over exertion.
MY recommendation....
Take the money that would be spent on sprinklers and hire more fire fighters.

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