Protect Families. Protect firefighters. Support home fire sprinklers.
The Texas Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting the installation of fire sprinklers in homes. The coalition is a resource for information on home fire sprinklers and, through a cooperative effort with stakeholders, works to identify and overcome barriers to the acceptance of sprinklers as a critical component of home fire safety. To join the coalition or for more information, contact co-chairs Roland Garcia and Paul Ward.
Coalition Honors Leaders in Fire Safety
The coalition honored two safety advocates with its 2018 Fire Sprinkler Leadership Award. Chief Chris Connealy served as the Texas state fire marshal from 2012 to 2018. During his leadership; Connealy conquered many challenges, including the West Texas Ammonium Nitrate Explosion. He was a powerful voice for firefighter safety and took to the road, visiting each of the 68 Texas counties that have fertilizer plants. Connealy has also been a vocal advocate for fire sprinklers in homes and all other occupancies.
From October 2017 to September 2018, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office highlighted 14 fire sprinkler activations. Under the supervision of Chief Laurie Christensen, Public Information Officer Rachel Moreno (both pictured above) produced news releases for each sprinkler save that were published by Houston/Harris County local media.
Local Burn Survivors Convene During Gala
Roland Garcia (left), co-chair of the coalition, joined burn survivor Kechi Okwuchi from Pearland at the Seventh Annual Burn Survivors Gala in Houston. Okwuchi was a finalist on the TV show "America's Got Talent" and sang at the event. The coalition also secured a booth at the event that included information on home fire sprinklers.
State Fire Marshal Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
In a new video, Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy encourages residents to install fire sprinklers in new homes:
Audiences Witness Fire's Power Firsthand
The Bryan Fire Department produced this recap of a 2016 live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration. The coalition also hosted its own demonstration showcasing the effectiveness of these devices, which activated during a fire in a mock bedroom:
Another demonstration showcased who quickly fire can spread and how little time residents have to seek safety:
Free Sprinkler Resources
The Home Fire Problem in Texas
Home fires pose one of the biggest threats to Texas residents. For example:
- There were close to 33,000 residential fires in 2013 and 2014, collectively.
- These fires caused nearly 220 civilian deaths and six firefighter deaths.
- Download this document for more information on the quantity and cost of fire in Texas.