The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) informs that it has been awarded a 2011 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant that will be used to help U.S. fire departments conduct more local educational outreach and to increase consumer interest in the life safety benefits of home fire sprinkler systems.
Key to HFSC’s grant award are fire department stipends that will underwrite local fire sprinkler educational activities.
Through highly targeted activities, the federal award will also supplement HFSC’s longstanding national efforts, capitalizing on the growing numbers of consumers using the Internet, with new, free, electronic programming that will simplify sprinkler technology and dispel common myths, encouraging more homeowners to ask for home fire sprinklers.
The Fire Prevention & Safety Grant funding was awarded to HFSC through the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Every homeowner deserves to have factual information about the life safety benefits of residential fire sprinklers,”says HFSC Chair Gary Keith.
HFSC will offer the fire sprinkler education stipends and other grant-funded materials to members of the Built for Life Fire Department® Program (BFLFD), which is a free service to fire departments that are committed to teaching about home fire sprinkler protection in their service areas.