Fire Sprinkler Demonstration with Live Fire To Take Place at Kirkland’s Peter Kirk Park

FIRE TEAM USA Hosts Seminar in Kirkland on February 23 and 24

FIRE TEAM USA will hold a community fire protection seminar for fire, building, and government officials in Kirkland on February 23 and 24 at the Heathman Hotel.  Although the current seminar is full, the public and media are invited to observe a fire sprinkler demonstration involving a live fire.  The demonstration is intended to show the life saving properties of fire sprinklers and will involve the burning of two side-by-side 8’ x 8’ structures, one equipped with fire sprinklers and one without.  The demonstration will begin at 4 p.m. on February 23, in Peter Kirk Park, which is located at 202 3rd Street in downtown Kirkland.

Fire marshals, fire chiefs, elected officials, building officials, and other stakeholders from communities across Washington will be attending the seminar to learn and share fire prevention methods and alternatives that affect the quality of life in their own communities.

Kirkland Council Member Amy Walen has volunteered to participate in the fire/sprinkler demonstration as a “firefighter on the hose line” in order to experience the full impact of the heat and smoke of a live fire.  She is currently being trained in the use of SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) and will be fully outfitted in firefighting safety gear during the demonstration.

FIRE TEAM USA is funded by a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program. FIRE TEAM USA is available to bring the seminar to other communities.  For more information regarding FIRE TEAM USA, please visit http://fireteamusa.com/.

For more information about the fire sprinkler demonstration, contact Grace Steuart, Kirkland Fire Marshal, at 425-587-3660 or gsteuart@ci.kirkland.wa.us.