Occupational Safety in the Fire Service: A Review of Automatic Sprinkler Systems and Fire Detection Systems within Missouri
Langewisch, Nathan C.
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Missouri's fire departments are expected to be ready to respond to emergencies at a moment's notice. Firefighters serve the public with their quick response time along with the use of their expensive equipment. It is critical that fire stations are equipped with sprinklers systems and fire alarm systems to protect firefighters' lives and their equipment. The researcher used an online survey host to conduct a survey sent out to all of Missouri's fire departments registered with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. Of Missouri's 892 fire departments there were 207 participants that completed the survey with only 129 having smoke alarms/detectors and 53 having a sprinkler system. It is concluded that Missouri's fire stations are underequipped with sprinkler systems and fire alarms system. It is imperative that action is taken to protect the taxpayer's investment in fire stations, their equipment, and firefighter's safety.