An article in the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC)OnScene magazine, written by Gary Keith, vice president of field operations and education at NFPA and president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), pinpoints the many ways that the HFSC reaches out to homebuilders with education about fire sprinklers.
The article underscores the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) opposition as the leader in the “powerful anti-sprinkler legislation charge” as evidenced by the fact that “the group's online document Value of NAHB Membership lists its work to defeat mandatory sprinkler protection as one of the membership benefits.”
Mr. Keith states that while other organizations have focused on advocacy HFSC has been “tackling the problem from another angle: education.” HFSC has reached out proactively to homebuilders and has exhibited NAHB's International Builders Show (IBS), “which is the best-attended conference for the homebuilding industry, drawing tens of thousands of professionals every year.”
As an example of HFSC’s educational outreach, the article explains that the organization “also offers an interactive, 3-D behind-the-walls educational online video, which shows how an NFPA 13D system is supplied and installed and how it operates in a house.”
Mr. Keith says that “the tide is turning as more homebuilders want to learn about home fire sprinklers and are starting to offer them regardless of their communities' codes.”