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Posted on: March 16, 2016

Local, statewide organizations collaborate, bring Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit to Springfield



Learn about residential fire sprinklers at the Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 23, at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 West Battlefield Road in Springfield. The event is hosted by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the Springfield Fire Department.

From around the state and southwest Missouri, fire service personnel, fire marshals, building inspectors, homebuilders, contractors, water purveyors, and safety advocates will attend the Summit to learn more about fire sprinklers, particularly residential sprinklers.

Summit presenters include Randy Probst of Loran Construction, discussing the homebuilder’s perspective of residential fire sprinklers; Deputy Chief Jim Ford of the Scottsdale, Ariz. Fire Department, detailing 30 years of experience with residential sprinklers in their community; Matt Klaus, National Fire Protection Association sprinkler specialist, will give an overview of fire sprinkler standards and systems; and Chief Jeff Dorhauer, Osage Beach Fire and Assistant Chief Rob Talburt, Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, who will give an overview of recent fires in their jurisdictions that may have had a different outcome if a sprinkler had been in use.

Attendees will also get to experience a life, side-by-side burn, including a sprinkler demonstration, hosted by Chief Jim Ludden and the Bolivar City Fire Department.

This is the second Sprinkler Summit hosted in the state by the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition, with the first event taking place last March in Columbia, Mo. In an effort to reach other portions of the state, organizers plan to schedule future events in various locations. The event anticipates bringing 50-75 additional visitors to Springfield from around the region and state.
Online registration is open at to those interested in attending. Early bird registration pricing is $40 through March 18. From March 19-23, pricing is $50. Registration can be completed through the morning of the event.

For questions about the Summit, please contact Cara Restelli Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Educator, Springfield Fire Department at 417-864-1699. For questions about the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition, please contact Chief Rick Ennis, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, at 573-339-6330.

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For media only: For more information, contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Erwin at [email protected]

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