The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative are teaming up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present a national award that recognizes the outstanding local efforts of a fire chief who has worked to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems in his or her service area. HFSC and NFPA will jointly present the “Bringing Safety Home” Award during the IAFC’s Fire & Life Safety Section at the 2014 Fire-Rescue International in Dallas, Texas, this August. Nominations for the award will be accepted through July 11, 2014. IAFC members may submit their nominations HERE.   The recipient will be selected from nominees that have used HFSC’s educational materials along with NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as the foundation of a local, regional or statewide program to educate about the need for more home fire sprinkler system installations as a method to reduce fire injury and death. Last year’s award recipient was Chief Kyle Minick, North Charleston (SC) Fire Department, who spent countless hours as a volunteer to chair the South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Chief Minick and the Coalition conducted more than 20 side-by-side demonstrations that have been seen by thousands of firefighters, the public and the media. For more than 17 years, HFSC has developed and provided comprehensive, noncommercial, educational materials that inform about the life-safety benefits of protecting homes with fire sprinkler systems. HFSC’s mission is solely educational and its materials are available to everyone at no cost through HFSC’s website. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative is a grassroots effort of the nonprofit NFPA. The Initiative strives to ensure that decisionmakers have the technical and practical information they need to understand and communicate the importance of home fire sprinkler legislation. The Initiative also supports individuals, agencies and organizations working for the adoption of local sprinkler ordinances and model codes.  ]]>