HFSC scores $1m grant

Monday, October 1, 2007

FRANKFURT, Ill.--The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition will invest close to $1 million in its education and outreach efforts thanks to a grant awarded by the Department of Homeland Security, the coalition announced in August.
The grant will be used to expand local support of home fire sprinkler installations in the United States by helping fire departments around the country establish and implement sprinkler education efforts directed at local officials, such as planning officials and water purveyors. The HFSC is also targeting consumers, home-builder groups, home insurance professionals and real estate agents, and several target demographic groups such as school-aged children and older adults.
"We've discovered that a lot of groups that are part of the fire-safety world don't understand fire sprinklers," said Peg Pacom, communications manager for HFSC. HFSC will distribute new materials describing the life-saving benefits of sprinklers and will also translate the educational material into Spanish.
HFSC's Web site, www.homefiresprinkler.org, has free information and materials including downloadable video clips, animations, and material that can be customized for local fire department.
The $996,000 grant was awarded through the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Preparedness Directorate.