Side-by=Side Demonstrates Power of Fire and #Fastestwater

What do you get when you mix a Memorial Day weekend with 80-degree weather in Madison, Wisconsin, along with the World’s Largest Bratfest? A great opportunity to show off the NFSA Wisconsin’s Chapter’s newest mobile side-by-side trailer. Bratfest was established in 1983 as a festival that donates its profits to Madison area charities. This event donates to over 100 charities raising almost $4 million over the past 35 years. The event is free to the public and features music, food, amusement rides, family activities and exhibits for the estimated 100,000+ that attend the annual event.

The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition, comprised of the Wisconsin Stata Fire Chief’s Association, Wisconsin State Fire Inspector’s Association, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association and NFSA WI, provided fire safety education and a side-by-side demonstration on Saturday May 25th as part of NFPA’s National Home Fire Sprinkler Week. The trailer was set up by the City of Madison Fire Department and reset by the Town of Madison Fire Department. Guy Santelli, Kenosha Fire Department, provided information to the crowd.

The side by side demonstration was presented at 12:30 and 3:00 PM to estimated crowds of over 250 people at each demonstration. The first demonstration was covered by Madison’s NBC TV 15 and interviewed Guy Santelli, as well as various onlookers about the demonstration. Many people came forward after the demonstration to pick up fire safety information and information about fire sprinklers. The demonstration worked as usual with the smoke detector sounding at about 18 seconds from first flame, fire sprinkler activation at 25 seconds and flashover in the unprotected space at 1 minute 42 seconds.

Contractor Members of NFSA assisted with sponsorship of this event. H.J. Pertzborn was one of the major sponsors for Bratfest and JF Ahern sponsored the exhibit space for the event.