Working with fire sprinkler systems and automatic fire alarm systems

New training module available from Fire Hero Learning Network

Automatic fire sprinkler systems and automatic fire alarm systems are becoming more common in many types of construction – from single and multi-family homes to commercial and industrial properties – and are sometimes tied together. As automatic fire alarms and sprinklers are installed in more properties, firefighters must know in advance the best techniques to fighting fires in structures with these systems.

To help firefighters prepare for these incidents, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) launched a new training module, Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems, on the Fire Hero Learning Network (FHLN). The module is self-paced and can be completed at any time or place.

The new module provides basic information to firefighters and company officers when encountering a fire in a sprinklered building and how to manage an alarm system that is incorporated into a multi-family building. “The information will help ensure an efficient operation creating a safer environment for citizens and firefighters” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Executive Director.

“The latest module on the Fire Hero Learning Network takes some of the mystery out of dealing with an incident many firefighters encounter every day, but often have the least knowledge of,” explained Chief John Tippett, Director of Fire Service Programs. “The hour spent on FHLN’s Automatic Sprinklers and Alarm Systems Module will provide viewers with knowledge that explains the basics of how the systems operate, reinforce their value in supporting firefighter life safety and improve their fire department’s service to the community.”

This module, as well as others already on the FHLN and under development, reinforce the Foundation’s efforts to reduce preventable firefighter line of duty deaths. To register and get started, go to