Minnesota Chapter Assists Saint Louis Park Housing Program
On February 18th, Minnesota State Coordinator Tom Brace and Regional Manager Tim Butler delivered a $2,500 check to the City of Saint Louis Park Fire Chief, Steve Koering. The check was a donation from the NFSA Minnesota Chapter members for the purpose of retrofitting a city-owned single-family dwelling with a residential sprinkler system. The home is part of a city program that purchases existing structures, remodels and upgrades them, then sells them back to organizations that provide housing to low income residents. When Chief Koering learned of the remodeling project, he insisted the city upgrade the home with a 13D system. Chief Koering also sought financial support from the Minnesota Chapter. As a result, a $2,500 donation was made by the Chapter for the project.
The renovation work is still in progress, with an anticipated completion date sometime in the spring. Viking Automatic Sprinkler performed the sprinkler design work and is completing the retrofit installation. Chapter members and NFSA staff will be on hand at a community celebration and open house when the project is complete.
The donation was an unusual action by the Chapter, and the request fostered discussion about how we’ll handle future requests for support. Chapter members took the action because they realize that every home with a sprinkler system is a safer home and another chance to educate the public, build the advocacy for sprinklers, and create a safer community for generations to come. The Chapter’s actions take us one step closer to accomplishing the NFSA mission of protecting lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.