Sprinklers are used to protect structures from wildfire during wildland-urban interface events across Canada. Traditionally, standard forestry equipment has been used in conjunction with impact sprinklers. FPInnovations is reviewing common practices and equipment used during sprinkler deployments, in Canada, to determine if they are the most appropriate for community structure protection, or if alternative approaches should be considered.
In order to better understand the extent of equipment usage and some of the challenges associated with sprinkler deployments, FPInnovations interviewed fire managers after wildfire events, during active wildfires or wildland-urban interface deployments, and during deployment exercises. This report is a summary of the key messages and best practices identified by fire managers for the successful deployment of sprinklers.