USFA grants provide inner city fire protection

Issue 3 and Volume 140.

USFA grants provide inner city fire protection Residential sprinkler systems, proven effective in protecting property and reducing life loss in the event of a fire, are being installed and/or upgraded in certain inner-city buildings undergoing refurbishing. The retrofit is part of a $125,050 project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s United States Fire Administration (USFA) and is being done in cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) energy saving rehabilitation program. Installing sprinklers will enhance those buildings targeted by HUD for energy improvements by adding a fire-safety component and increasing fire protection for a high-risk segment of the population. The participating jurisdictions in the USFA project are: Austin, TX, which is receiving $24,300; Boston, MA, $29,100; Harrisburg, PA, $23,000; Prince George’s County, MD, $24,350; and St. Louis, MO, $24,300. These jurisdictions were chosen by the number of fires and fire deaths reported within the cities, explained a USFA…

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