A tip of the hat to Fire Chief Chuck Walker with the Ashland City Fire Department in Tennessee for proving that residential sprinkler advocacy yields results. Walker was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bringing Safety Home Award, which recognizes the efforts of fire chiefs who use resources from NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to ensure decision-makers consider sprinkler installation. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has also teamed up with NFPA and HFSC to honor Walker.
Walker was instrumental in passing a home fire sprinkler ordinance in Ashland City in 2001 via "lunch and learn" meetings and through the use of live burn/sprinkler demonstrations. "Being a growing community, we were easily convinced that in order to protect this growth and prevent fires, especially with a combination volunteer/paid fire department, residential sprinklers were the way to go."
Learn more about Walker--and previous award recipients--by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website.