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Herkimer BOCES hosts fire demonstration showing
effectiveness of home sprinkler systems

Nov. 2, 2017


Pod on fire for a sprinkler demonstration at Herkimer BOCES


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES hosted a New York State Association of Fire Chiefs live fire demonstration on Friday, Oct. 27, designed to show the effectiveness of home sprinkler systems in saving lives and reducing damage from fire.
 
Herkimer BOCES building construction students made two simulated residential room “pods.” One was protected by a sprinkler system, and the other wasn’t, and they were both set on fire.
 
According to the association, the demonstration shows that a room without sprinklers quickly reaches a temperature that causes flashover, or the spontaneous combustion of all the contents in the room. In the room protected by sprinklers, the fire does not grow out of control, which gives residents time to safely escape, minimizes risks to the firefighters who respond and significantly reduces property damage.
 
The Herkimer BOCES students were able to gain practical construction experience, and they learned about fire codes, fire safety, the importance of home fire sprinklers and how a sprinkler system is installed and functions.
 
The East Herkimer Fire Department, and Little Falls Fire Department provided fire suppression assistance.
 
“Herkimer BOCES is happy to support our local fire departments as well as NYSAFC to broaden awareness of the lifesaving effect of sprinkler systems,” Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Sandra Sherwood said. “This project has provided a real-world and relevant job for our building construction students, and it provides a powerful community message that will help save lives. BOCES is, by statute, required to serve the needs of their component districts – this type of collaborative work is an excellent example of how we serve the entire region beyond the realm of academics.”

To read more about home fire sprinkler systems on the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs website, click here.






 
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