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Huntsville promoting home sprinkler systems with fire demonstration

Mark Clairmont |

HUNTSVILLE Are home sprinkler systems wave of the future.

flashover chartThe Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department is helping promote the idea.

It has been awarded a $1,000 from the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to increase its home fire sprinkler education locally by conducting a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration.

HFSC is a group of various fire professional associations, State Farm Insurance, sprinkler system businesses, engineers and FEMA in the U.S.

In a Huntsville town release, they say the HFSC has selected fire departments in Canada that participate in its Built For Life Fire Department Program to receive the stipends and educate residents in their community. Built for Life Fire Departments commit to making home fire sprinklers a focus of their public education efforts.

“We are honoured to have been selected for this generous stipend,” says Stephen Hernen, Fire Chief of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department. “Using the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s educational materials, we will move forward with this important public education demonstration, which illustrates the danger of home fires, especially in today’s lightweight construction homes, and, more importantly, the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers.”

The live demonstration, scheduled for October 3, 2017 at Deerhurst Resort as part of the Ontario Building Officials Association’s (OBOA) Annual Meeting & Training Sessions, will include two similarly furnished rooms — one protected with fire sprinklers and the other without fire sprinklers. More than 500 Building Officials will be able to experience firsthand how quickly a fire can become deadly versus the quick response and effectiveness of a fire sprinkler system in controlling or extinguishing a fire.

HFSC-Logo-CAN[699]The Muskoka/Parry Sound Chapter of the OBOA and officers from Muskoka Fire Prevention will join forces to build the burn cells on Wednesday July 12th at the Port Sydney Fire Station (387 South Mary Lake Rd.).

For more information about home fire sprinklers, please visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website at

For more information, contact Mike Vadlja – fire prevention officer – 705-789-5201 ext. 3604 or


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