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    Title:Sprinkler use in North America - A state-of-practice review
    Researcher(s):Chad Gardeski (Lead)
    Abstract:Sprinklers are used to protect structures from wildfire during wildland-urban interface (WUI) events across Canada. Traditionally, standard forestry equipment has been used in conjunction with impact sprinklers. Agencies are trying to determine if the standard practices and equipment used in wildfire suppression operations are the most effective for community structure protection.

The Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta has engaged with FPInnovations to conduct a state-of-practice review of water delivery systems (sprinklers) used in the wildland-urban interface. This review included the following key elements that framed FPInnovations conclusions and key messages:

1. A literature review on the pathways and mitigation of structure ignition in the wildland-urban interface
2. The development and analysis of a national survey on the use of sprinklers in Canada and a review of commonly used equipment
3. A review of standards and codes specific to the WUI that relate to the use of sprinklers
4. Observation and interviews of fire managers to identify pre-deployment and deployment best practices for sprinklers
5. The documentation of wildland-urban interface case studies that describe actual sprinkler deployments
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    Tags:Equipment; FireSmart; Community Protection; see all tags...
  Related Documents
Executive summary: State-of-practice of water delivery systems (sprinklers) used in the wildland-urban interfaceDecember 2018
Literature review – pathways and mitigation of structure ignition in the wildland-urban interfaceDecember 2018
National survey on sprinkler useDecember 2018
Sprinkler development key messages and best practices - as identified through interviews and observationsDecember 2018
Evaluating commercially available pumps for use in the wildland-urban interface - Mercedes Textiles’ Pumps - WICK 375, WICK 100G, WICK SI 300-10BDecember 2018
Case study - Kenow wildfire - Alberta, 2017 - Structure protection in Waterton Lake National ParkDecember 2018
Case study – Elephant Hill Fire, British Columbia, 2017 - Low-volume, low-pressure sprinkler deployment in the community of SkeetchestnDecember 2018
Case Study – West Babine River fire, British Columbia, 2018 - private citizens supporting the protection of their own infrastructureDecember 2018
Case Study – Tolko mill yard, Heffley Creek, British Columbia - high-volume, high-pressure permanent sprinkler systemDecember 2018
Compendium - state-of-practice of water delivery systems (sprinklers) used in the wildland-urban interfaceNovember 2018
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