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Home Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Steals the Show at Oregon's Fire Service Appreciation Day

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In January 2009, Governor Ted Kulongoski issued a proclamation designating January 27th as Fire Service Appreciation Day here in Oregon. The proclamation recognizes all members of the Oregon fire service who keep our communities safe from the ravages of fire by stopping fires before they start through prevention, suppressing fires after they start, and by investigating fires to determine how they start.


To commemorate this day, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) hosted Fire Service Appreciation Day at the OSFM headquarters.  The Salem Fire Department Honor Guard opened the ceremonies followed by the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums and a choral number by The Oregon Fire Choir.


There was a reading of the Oregon legislative proclamation, and remarks by Representative Greg Matthews (D-Gresham), Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris Brown, Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker, and Interim Oregon State Forester Nancy Hirsch.

The highlight of the day was an active display of just how effective home fire sprinklers can be. Using a sprinkler demonstration trailer, attendees were provided with a dramatic “live-fire” demonstration, proving just how quickly a small fire can escalate into a full-scale fire.


Above is the fire sprinkler trailer. The leftside room of the trailer is sprinklered. 

The rightside room of the trailer is not sprinklered.


Non-Fire Sprinklered Room


Without fire sprinklers, the fire set in the non-sprinklered room quickly grew. Fires such as these can become deadly within minutes. Firefighters used hoses that flow large amounts of water to extinguish the fire. The room suffered more damage from the fire and water than if it had fire sprinklers.



Sprinklered Room

When the fire starts, the heat from the fire caused the sprinkler closest to the fire to operate. The quick action of the sprinkler can provide residents more time to safely escape. Fire growth stops and flashover is prevented. By controlling heat, flames and smoke, the sprinkler system protects additional property from the fire. The water dispensed from a sprinkler is much less than what would be required by fire department hoses to do the same job.


Home fire sprinklers represent the next generation of home fire safety. Federal agencies and national safety organizations, such as the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend sprinklers as one way to substantially reduce home fire problems.

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 28, 2011


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Mike Hazell

January 31, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Hey there...Great post!
Wanted to let you know I've featured this demonstration on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog

Keep up the good work!

  • Mike Hazell, NFPA

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