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"The Sprinkler System Has Activated" - What Does The Incident Commander Do?

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In this webinar with the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) we will discuss the strategy and tactics of operating in a building where the sprinkler system has activated. Is the fire out? We have minimal experience in buildings where the sprinkler bell is ringing on the outside indicating water is flowing. A water flow alarm should be treated differently than a general fire alarm. Because fire alarms with actual fire sprinkler system activation have been rare in the past, they are becoming more common because there has been a 70% increase in the number of buildings being protected with fire sprinklers. firefighters can become complacent in their actions when general fire alarms are involved, but they shouldn’t. The activation no matter how or why requires a proactive response with the attitude that there is a fire until I can say there is not a fire or that the fire is under control and extinguished, which all three are different. The public expects the men and women arriving on the fire truck to solve their problem and the owners of the building have invested in fixed fire protection systems to protect their property and keep the occupant, workers, and firefighters safe. Join the NFSA for this interesting and informative webinar that can help the incident commander make the correct decision.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
President, National Fire Sprinkler Association
Shane has spent his life saving lives and protecting property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept. He has served in a variety of positions including South Carolina Stare Fire Marshal, International Director for the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, Fire Chief for Pleasant View Fire Department as well as Mayor of Pleasant View. He believes it is an absolute honor to serve as the President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association and focus daily on a pure mission. The fire sprinkler industry and the fire service are two of the best professions and trades in the world. He is one of the most vocal and recognized advocates for residential sprinklers and has committed his professional life to serving.
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Fire Chief, German Township Fire Department (Ret.)
John M. Buckman III served as a German Township Fire Chief managing volunteers for 35 years. He is most proud of the title “pawpaw.” Leslie his wife has spent 29 years together. He currently serves as Education Coordinator for the International Association of Fire Chief Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. He is the Director of Government and Regional Outreach for IamResponding. He served as the Indiana Fire Academy Director for 15 years. He served as President of the International Association of Fire Chief in 2001-2002.

He has authored over 150 articles in various publications. In 1996 he was selected by Fire Chief Magazine as Fire Chief of the Year in 1996. He has published 4 books and 7 photography books. He received the Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Meritorious Service Award. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2022 he received the Jimmy Seavey Health and Wellness award presented by the NVFC. and the Presidents Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

He was one of the founders of the Volunteer and Combination Officer Section (VCOS) and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association. He has contributed to several “ribbon reports” published by the VCOS. He was asked to be one of the editors for the original Lavender Ribbon Report published by the VCOS and NVFC in 2019. In 2021 he along with Brian McQueen spearheaded the update for the Lavender Ribbon Report. He is a principal author of the Yellow Ribbon Report and the updated updated Training Volunteers white paper published by the National Volunteer Fire Council and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section.
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The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.
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