Residential Sprinklers: A Fire Department’s Force Multiplier

Force Multiplier
Definition: (DOD) ‘A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probablity of successful mission accomplishment.’

I remember reading this phrase years ago in a Tom Clancy novel and it struck me that ‘Force Multiplier’ can be used to describe Residential Fire Sprinklers. It is appropriate to do so as sprinklers increase the effectiveness of a fire department without the immediate deployment of fire assets;(trucks/firefighters).

Sprinklers increase the likelihood of a successful outcome in the event of fire and reduce the chance of potential firefighter injury or LODD (line of duty death).

Just one more reason that sprinklers make sense. For more information on fire sprinklers, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalitions web site:



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