Wisconsin Chapter


Fire sprinkler systems protect people and property. They are an important part of the prevention and risk reduction matrix protecting not only building occupants but also the first responders. Fire sprinklers are the single most effective way to stop fires anywhere. There are systems designed for houses, high rises, existing buildings, campus housing and every other building where people live or work.

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association is here to help consumers, fire safety professionals and builders understand and benefit from fire sprinklers.

The chapter is managed by Marty King, State Coordinator for Wisconsin. Marty works closely alongside fire officials, legislators, and the public to promote and advocate for the widespread acceptance of fire sprinklers. For more information on chapter events, training, and membership benefits, contact Marty King at king@nfsa.org, or telephone 414-531-9542.

Chapter Officials

PresidentSteve Sferra, USA Fire Protection
Vice-PresidentScott Beres, Design Build Fire Protection of WI
Secretary/TreasurerMatt Berth, J.F. Ahern Company


Chair: Matt Berth, J.F. Ahern Company

Steve Sferra, USA Fire Protection

Scott Beres, Design Build Fire Protection of WI

Ron Bergquist, Viking SupplyNet

Blair Fire Protection
Contact: Blair Burkette
(414) 460-4006
13111 West Silver Spring Drive
Butler, WI 53007
Complete Fire Solutions, Inc
Contact: Dave Dewhurst
(920) 722-1280
2630 West American Drive
Neenah, WI 54956
Decker Fire & Safety
Contact: Curt Decker
(262) 654-3589
4928 Green Bay Road
Kenosha, WI 53144
Design Build Fire Protection
Contact: Scott Beres
(262) 784-7900
17055 West Victor Road
New Berlin, WI 53151
Fire Control Inc
Contact: Jesse Bentley
(847) 459-4570
W228 S7055 Enterprise Drive
Big Bend, Wi 53103
Flannery Fire Protection
Contact: Jerry Flannery
(262) 653-1517
4810 52nd Street
Kenosha, WI 53144-4307
Freedom Fire Protection, LLC
Contact: Terry Luedke
N118 W18531 Bunsen Drive
Germantown, WI 53022
Grunau Company
Contact: Hans Spielmann
(414) 216-6900
1100 West Anderson Court
Oak Creek, WI 53154
H.J Pertzborn Plumbing & Fire Protection
Contact: Joseph Pertzborn
(608) 256-3900
802 John Nolan Drive
Madison, WI 53713
Hooper Corporation
Contact: Steve Millmann
(608) 249-0451
2030 Pennsylvania Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Integrity Fire Protection, Inc
Contact: Jeffery Olcott
(715) 359-4261
5906 Prairie Street
Schofield, WI 54476
J. F. Ahern Company - Appleton
Contact: Van Fitch
(920) 954-8242
2111 North Sandra Street
Appleton, WI 54911
J. F. Ahern Company -Eau Claire
Contact: Van Fitch
(715) 233-1841
5315 Freitag Drive
Menomonie, WI 54751
J. F. Ahern Company – Fond du Lac

Contact: Van Fitch

(920) 921-9020
855 Morris Court
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
J. F. Ahern Company - Madison
Contact: Craig Carlson
(608) 216-0283
3821 Anderson Road
DeForest, WI 53532
J. F. Ahern Company - Marinette
Contact: Van Fitch
(888) 347-3778
2910 Angwall Drive
Marinette, WI 54143
J. F. Ahern Company - Milwaukee
Contact: Matt Berth
(414) 921-7580
3201 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
J. M. Brennan Company
Contact: Kurt Nowak
(414) 342-3829
2101 West St. Paul Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Monona Plumbing & Fire Protection
Contact: James Sawyer
(608) 273-4556
3126 Watford Way
Madison, WI 53713
Pace Corporation Fire
Protection & Mechanical
Contact: Dale Chapman
(920) 731-5281
N694 County Highway CB
Appleton, WI 53713
Precision Fire Protection
Contact: Joshua Wendt
(715) 253-2700
N4710 Mavis Road
Wittenberg, WI 54499-8615
Reeke-Marold Company
Contact: Kirk Goretski
(920) 435-5377
1337 South Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54304
United Mechanical
Contact: James Colwell
(262) 632-6131
1500 12th Street
Racine, WI 53403
USA Fire Protection - Appleton
Contact: Steve Sferra
(920) 836-3344
1080 N. Perkins Street, A
Appleton, WI 54914
USA Fire Protection – Madison/Milwaukee
Contact: Steve Sferra
(262) 782-3311
15775 W. Schaefer Court
New Berlin, WI 53151
C-Aire Compressors
Contact: Jason Hedeen
(651) 462-3440 (800) 762-2247
Chicago Backflow
Contact: Megan Demereckis
(708) 202-0033
Core and Main Fire Protection
Contact: Mikayla Pigozzo
(708) 728-9793
Ferguson Fire & Fabrication, Inc
(262) 956-6050
Fox Sprinkler Supply Company
Contact: Troy Kole
(847) 524-8250
Tyco Fire Protection – Johnson Controls
Contact: Kody Karch
(715) 412-2887
JG Innovations
Contact: Jack Grice
(608) 314-8710 (888) 933-2248
Contact: Emily Tigert
(262) 821-4100 (866) 539-2228
Perimeter Solutions
Contact: Dave Pelton
(920) 593-9445
Potter Roemer Fire Protection
Contact: Jim Henry
(262) 853-6397
Reliable Automatic Fire Sprinkler Company
Dave Rosso/Dave Fisher
(800) 228-6274
www.reliablesprinkler.com l
TLX Technologies
Contact: Jason Busalacchi
(262) 372-2165
Titus International
Contact: Joe DaDan
(312) 203-6529
Contact: Mike Jordan
(262) 825-6913
Viking SupplyNet
Contact: Ron Bergquist
(262) 893-5680

October 2017 Glendale Fire at Apartment Building Home to Many Elderly and Disabled Firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the second floor of the Parkside Commons Apartment building at 1400 W. Custer Avenue in Glendale. Upon arrival, firefighters reported that smoke was coming from the second floor. Crews then located the fire coming from an apartment. Residents were already evacuating when the fire crew arrived. The fire department noticed a number of the residents required assistance. Many were elderly or disabled.

A sprinkler system activated already putting out most of the fire, so firefighters were able to quickly bring it under control. The fire was contained to the second floor. There was moderate smoke damage to some areas such as stairways.

The fire remains under investigation. It is not determined to be suspicious or intentionally-set fire

(Appeared in June 2017 issue of The Dispatcher)

There have been some recent questions and confusion regarding fire flow calculations for water supply. Fire flow calculations are made to assure there is enough available water for firefighting at specific structures. While there are five separate mathematical formulas to estimate the amount of water needed, there is no single “correct” method for establishing fire flow in the structural fire protection world. The overall objective is to provide enough water to effectively control and extinguish the fire. Most of the formulas were developed as quick use for an Incident Commander confronted with an emergency. So, which formula is the best to use?

Both NFPA 1 – Fire Code and the International Fire Code reference a fire flow formula calculated by construction type and square footage of the structure. These methods utilize a chart for the various square footage ranges and construction types, resulting in an amount for gallons per minute and duration needed. This information helps fire prevention officials determine whether there is sufficient water available to control and extinguish a fire in the building. Both code organizations, the National Fire Protection Association and International Code Council, see the benefits of fire sprinkler systems and give credit when a building is protected by them. The credit equates to a seventy-five percent reduction in the amount of the water needed by emergency response crews since the fire sprinkler system will activate early in the fire, thus requiring less water from the responding fire department.

The other fire flow formulas, however, do not credit for fire sprinkler systems and thereby require larger amounts of water to be available. Part of the argument for those formulas is that they treat all structures the same, as if they were not protected. By doing so, it is supposed to help the incident commander determine immediate resources (staffing, equipment, and water) to effectively control the fire and reduce further damage to the structure or neighboring buildings.

An example of two of the fire flow calculations: A building is a 200-by-300-foot, mixed-used building of type II (non-combustible) construction provided with a fire sprinkler system designed for the occupancy classification. The NFPA fire flow formula (Table from NFPA 1) determines the building would require a fire flow of 3,500 gallons per minute (gpm) for three hours before the reduction for fire sprinkler protection. With the reduction, the gpm would be lowered from 3,500 to 1,000 (actual reduction results in 875 gpm, but we must use the code’s minimum required fire flow of 1,000 gpm). In sharp contrast, the National Fire Academy’s formula simply multiplies the length and the width of the building and divided that number by 3. This would result in a required fire flow of 20,000 gpm. The difference is substantial for the property owner who must provide the required fire flow for the fire department.

The NFPA 1 and International Fire Code calculations, though not scientific, provide a reasonable approach to fire flow determination when planning new construction. Once the fire flow requirements are determined, the next step is looking at fire department access. Access should be assured first to fire protection devices (hydrants, fire department connections) onsite for vehicles and staff. The access lanes for vehicles and equipment to assure access for firefighting are next most important. This information will assure fast, effective response by emergency response agencies.

Ensuring adequate water supply and fire department access reduces risk, both risk of occupant injury or death and risk of property loss. These are important components of the fire prevention bureau to assure business continuity.

For information on how fire sprinklers save lives and property, please email me or visit National Fire Sprinkler Association – Wisconsin Chapter, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

What’s in the box?… A fire sprinkler to assist your fire department with public education and media outreach efforts.

The Home Fire Sprinkler’s Coalition’s fire sprinkler display box shows how home fire sprinklers work. HFSC is raising funds to offer this powerful new educational display to the fire service – at no cost – as a way to talk to the media, residents and others.

The first production run is a limited supply, but if you donate and your fire department is registered as one of HFSC’s Built For Life Fire Departments (sign up for the free program), you’ll be among the first fire departments that are given an opportunity to request the educational display.

Help HFSC meet its goal and donate today.