COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP 2015 NFPA FIRE SPRINKLER SUMMIT MAY 12 & 13, 2015 Mike Figolah, Assistant Fire Chief Bartlett Fire Protection District [email protected] “Growth is never by mere chance: it is the result of forces working together” James Cash Penney COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP Home Buyers Home Builders Real Estate Professionals Building Inspectors Community Development Professionals DETERMINING OUR PARTNERS Firefighters Code Officials Ourselves DETERMINING OUR PARTNERS Communities, Counties, Townships, and States with successful sprinkler regulations did not occur without education, relationships, and trust. Provide multiple opportunities to educate your potential partners. Establish a relationship based on fact and professionalism. Grass roots AND national programs ONE PERSON AT A TIME There isn’t a single tool that connects with everyone Use multiple methods to educate: Technical Persuasive Basic Informative Quick In Depth Specific to a group THE CORRECT TOOLS? Live Presentations Challenge all the senses Feel Smell See Hear Side By Side Demonstration Perfect for Open House Events Invite your legislators, council members, mayors, local business owners Provide a press release and invite the media Video presentation available from Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX The Media Press release after a fire – include a prevention message Highlight Invite sprinkler saves to fire training Print materials, display banners, and video all available from the Home Fire Sprinkler Association, NFPA, National Fire Sprinkler Association TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX Too It’ll much government never happen to me Too expensive Anti-sprinkler mandate association policy NOT EVERYONE WILL BE CONVINCED Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition National Fire Protection Association National Fire Sprinkler Association Develop your own program specific for your organization GET INVOLVED “Growth is never by mere chance: it is the result of forces working together” James Cash Penney CONCLUSION Mike Figolah Bartlett Fire Protection District 234 North Oak avenue Bartlett, Illinois 60118 (630) 973-6825 [email protected] QUESTIONS?