FEPP Success Stories - New Hampshire
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The New Hampshire Department of Safety wanted to add a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer to its fire prevention program. The trailer would be used to educate New Hampshire residents about how effective residential and commercial sprinkler systems can be if a fire broke out. However, a sprinkler demonstration trailer could cost between $55,000 and $60,000, and annual budgets could not support this purchase.
Through the FEPP program, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands were able to obtain a 30-foot travel trailer that wwas no longer needed for temporary housing after Hurricane Katrina. Although the travel trailer was free, it needed some work and modifications to be used for its intended purpose.
The Department of Safety retrofitted the trailer to transform it into a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer. In the rear of the trailer, people can watch videos about using and installing fire sprinklers on a large screen television. The center of the trailer is used for demonstrating how home fire kitchen hoods can extinguish a stove top fire. Live fire demonstrations take place at the front of the trailer.
The total cost of retrofitting the trailer, after accounting for donations from several local companies, was just under $30,000. This project saved thousands of dollars for the residents of New Hampshire. This demonstration trailer is being used numerous times to educate government officials, firefighters, homeowners, building officials, and other groups about the tremendous effect that home fire sprinklers have in saving lives.