Sprinkler Systems and Firefighters: A Powerful Partnership with Shane Ray

B Shifter

10-06-2023 • 29 min

What does it take to protect big box facilities from devastating fires? Join us as we sit down with Shane Ray, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association and a long-time fire chief, who shares his expertise on big box fire protection strategies and the unique challenges that come with safeguarding various types of buildings. Discover the importance of understanding each facility's specific needs and the crucial role of fire sprinkler systems in ensuring the safety of occupants, firefighters and assets.

In this conversation, we delve into the distinctions between different facilities, such as a Walmart store versus a distribution center or a high-rise versus a Hampton Inn, and how these differences impact their fire safety requirements and sprinkler system installation. Shane emphasizes the need for proper training of fire department personnel and command staff to ensure they can effectively respond to fires in diverse building types. Learn how connecting with experts in the field, understanding the capabilities of fire pumps and remaining cautious of unverified advice can make all the difference in successful fire prevention and response.

Finally, we explore the powerful partnership between fire sprinklers and firefighters, as well as the importance of quick action in fire suppression. Shane shares his inspiring quote, "Don't ruin the ending," to remind firefighters that despite changing fire environments, the effectiveness of fire sprinklers is still remarkably high. We also discuss the "Partners in Progress" program, which combines the power of fire sprinklers and firefighters to create an unbeatable team. Listen in as we uncover the secrets to success in big box fire protection and the critical role of standard operating procedures in tackling fires within facilities equipped with fire protection systems.

We end this episode with one of Bruno's "Timeless Tactical Truths" and Shane's take on it.

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This episode was recored in Phoenix, AZ at the Alan V. Brunacini Command Training Center.