Deputy Chief Ford Home Builder Side-by-side 2 side-by-sideThe Second Annual Home Fire Sprinkler Summit was held March 23, 2016 at the Springfield, MO Police & Fire Training Center. Springfield Fire Chief David Hall and Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition Chairman, Cape Girardeau Fire Chief, Rick Ennis welcomed the crowd of 70 people to the Summit.

Jessica Sexton, Missouri Sprinkler Coalition PIO, gave an overview of state-wide fire sprinkler education materials.

Homebuilder, Jeff Probst, boasted about the safety provided by residential sprinklers in the homes he builds.  He said that the low cost of the systems made it a simple decision to install sprinklers.  Many of the occupants of his homes have  limited mobility and feel secure knowing they are protected by the residential sprinkler systems.  He plans to install sprinklers in all of the homes he builds.

Scottsdale, AZ Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford reported on 30 years of experience with Residential Sprinklers.  Chief Ford said over half of their commercial and over half of their residential occupancies are sprinklered.  The people who made the decision 30 years ago made the right decision.

NFPA’s Matt Klaus gave an overview of the sprinkler standards NFPA 13, 13R and 13D.

A panel discussion was held during the lunch break.  Attendees were able to ask questions of the presenters.

Bolivar City Fire Chief Jim Ludden presented a side-by-side burn demonstration for the crowd.

Logan-Rogersville FPD Asst. Chief Rob Talburt described the circumstances of a fatal fire in his district.  Osage Beach Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer described a fire in an apartment building with children present.  That fire was contained by an automatic fire sprinkler.  Then he went on to describe the loss of four small children in an unsprinklered condominium.