Mission Fire Rescue receives funds to increase awareness, benefits of sprinklers

Firefighters will show a side-by-side fire and sprinkler-burn demonstration

Mission Fire Rescue Service has received a $500 stipend from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), a non-profit educational organization, to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers.

The fire department will conduct a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler-burn demonstration to help residents recognize that sprinklers provide more time to escape a potentially deadly fire.

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition selected 22 fire departments across Canada that participate in its Built for Life Fire Department Program to receive the money and educate residents about the benefits of home fire sprinklers.

“We are honoured to have been selected for this generous stipend,” said Norm MacLeod, assistant fire chief of Mission Fire Rescue Service.

“Using the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s educational materials, we will move forward with this important public education demonstration, which illustrates the danger of home fires, especially in today’s lightweight-construction homes, and, more importantly, the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers.”

The demonstration includes two similarly furnished rooms – one protected with fire sprinklers and the other without fire sprinklers. People who attend the demonstration will be able to view firsthand how quickly a fire can become deadly versus the quick response of a fire sprinkler system in controlling or extinguishing a fire.

The demonstration is scheduled for Oct. 6, at the Annual Fire and Life Safety Fair at Fire Station 1, 33330 Seventh Ave.

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