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South Fire District, Middletown, CT

SFD & CVH Host Sprinkler Seminar
Posted: March 9, 2011

No sprinkler system

No sprinkler system

With sprinkler system

With sprinkler system
The South Fire District in a partnership with the CVH Fire Department and the Connecticut Department of Public Safety recently played host to the Residential Fire Sprinkler Working Group (RFSWG) for an educational seminar.

The RFSGW is a diverse stakeholder group of building and fire officials, architects, public health, supplier and state regulatory officials researching the feasibility and impediments to adopting the International Residential Code requirement for residential fire sprinklers here in Connecticut. This group was tasked with this research by the Codes and Standards (C&S) Code Amendment Sub Committee. The Codes and Standards Committee is an appointed body of building and fire code officials who develop the building and fire codes for all building construction in Connecticut.

The seminar was held at Lee Auditorium in Merritt Hall at CVH. Seminar speakers were from the National Fire Protection Association and the International Residential Code Fire Sprinkler Coalition. The training and education for the day long program covered the history of the code, code interpretation and case studies from across the US.

In addition to the education program, the South Fire District and CVH Fire Department provided a live fire demonstration for the program participants. Two demonstration POD's were set up and outfitted with furnishings with a normal den setting. Each was set on fire. One was permitted to free burn until flashover occurred and then was extinguished. The other POD had a residential fire sprinkler installed and was also set on fire. The POD burned for a short time until the fire sprinkler put the fire out. Participants were able to see the impact and compare the damage between the POD with a fire sprinkler and the POD without. At right are a few pictures from the live fire demonstration.