A fire demonstration was given next to the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Hundreds of Code Enforcement Officials from across New York State came to watch and learn about the realities of fire damage. These enforcement officials need to attend 24 hours of continuing education every year. This conference refreshed the minds of those who are making fire prevention standards are kept up. Today's demonstration also served as a reminder to everyone how vital fire safety is.
Peter Lattanzio is the President of C&L Inspections in Albany. He was also bringing the crowd through the fire as it was lit until it was put out. "As firefighters we do get to see it, but our building inspectors don't get to see it, they come in afterwards. We wanted to let them get a feel for how these things really transpire and how fast a fire really does happen," says Lattanzio.
John Williams works in Syracuse as a code enforcement officer. Williams has been to many of these demonstrations and he says each one leaves a vivid impression in your mind. "H ow fast a room burns , the five minute period it takes for the fire department to respond and how hot it actually gets inside the room ," says Williams.
With the Liverpool Fire Department on stand by, William Brown watched as they lit fires in two separate rooms next to each other. One room had a sprinkler and the other one did not. Brown works in code enforcement in Waterville. "This demonstration today showed that the house burns much faster without the sprinkler system, then it does with the sprinkler system," says Brown.
The results were apparent between the two as every officer saw the difference instantly. The room with the sprinkler was put out within a minute and a half of the flames starting. The furniture was still usable and anyone inside could have walked out walked out alive.
The second room directly next to it was burning for several minutes before the fire crews "arrived" to battle the blaze. Furniture was not able to be used again and if someone were asleep while the flames started, they did not stand a good chance to leave that building.
Code Enforcement Officers want legislation to make it a requirement to install sprinkler systems in new buildings when they are built. These officers also want the public to know how valuable these can be. While they cannot control what single family homes or duplexes use, they want these pictures to be burned into their minds with the hope that they take the next step in fire prevention.