President’s Perspective Jan. 2014

As the newly elected WSFIA President, well not actually new for it has been over three months I had decided to wait till after our most recent board meeting to include any updates. A lot has transpired in the first short three months. First off, a tragedy hard for everyone to accept, the loss of Jessie Pickett. I feel so fortunate to have known Jessie and appreciate his ability to refresh some of our stagnant enthusiasm for fire prevention, he truly had the passion for prevention. Jessie may be...
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WSFIA Happenings

Thomas Clark President, WSFIA With the current year past the halfway point, it is time for an update on what your Association has been involved with. It has been a busy year so far, the WSFIA has made an impact in the State of Wisconsin concerning code enforcement, fire prevention and fire safety. The 2nd annual 2012 Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit was another success. Held in Madison, the attendance grew from the first year, which is an encouraging sign that opportunities and informat...
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Working Relationships

Thomas Clark President, WSFIA Building relationships with the people we interact with at our job and on jobsites are much like building structures. The point is, it takes time to build good relationships, much like buildings. We all interact with people during the course of our day that may not agree with us, or they view us as roadblock to their project or business. By working with them on what we do, and our goals, they can then understand how important fire prevention code enforcement is....
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The Benefit of Fire Sprinkler Systems

I received a telephone call one day from a friend concerning her family business. The business recently suffered a catastrophic fire in which little of the building or contents remained. The business was started by the grandparents, had been in the family for 60 years, and was a very successful florist shop. My friend was distraught that all of the heirlooms and memorabilia that the entire family had collected were forever lost. The newspaper article mentioned there were three weddings coming up...
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Fire Safety for Citizens and Fire Fighters

Thomas Clark President, WSFIA We have been entrusted by our employer, citizens, communities and co-workers to be proactive and perform our job of fire prevention and fire education experts. We must perform a proper fire prevention inspection, provide quality fire prevention training and educate our school children. We took on this task, knowing how important it is to accomplish this to the best of our abilities. It is very important that all of the needed tasks are completed and done profess...
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Dangers of Just Building the Building

Thomas Clark President, WSFIA Senate Bill 32 was introduced in March of 2011 and addressed the concept of a commercial building code which could not be adapted to meet a municipalities needs. This Bill could have made the building code a Mini-Max code, or in reality, a mini code because the building will only be constructed to the minimum that it can be built, and still be considered a building. Local ordinances could have no longer been used to make the adopted code more stringent. This wou...
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A Call to Smoke Alarms

Thomas Clark President, WSFIA This article is dedicated to a very important program currently underway. WisSAFE – Wisconsin Smoke Alarm and Fire Education. This program has been put together with the dedication of the fire service, several state departments, associations, and organizations. The members of WisSAFE have been working for the past several months to bring the life saving benefits of smoke alarms in targeted homes throughout the State of Wisconsin. The targeted homes for this phas...
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