The GFSA has funded and operated a mobile fire sprinkler demonstration trailer which accurately demonstrates how fast a fire can develop, and more importantly how quickly a fire sprinkler system can extinguish a fire. On December 15, 2004, a demonstration was broadcast live by FOX 5 news in conjunction with State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine speaking about the need for fire safety during the holiday season. In the observation area of the trailer, a small amount of paper was ignited under a Christmas tree and the flame quickly engulfed the tree. The automatic sprinkler operated within ten seconds and extinguished the flame.
More than 1,500 students, teachers and industry professionals attended the first-ever Georgia Construction CareerExpo April 28-29, 2005 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. GFSA members staffed the presentation booth and explained the benefits of the fire sprinkler industry to many attendees. The demonstration trailer activated nine different times with an average of 25 to 30 observers each time.
The Fire Sprinkler Demonstration trailer is available on a first come first served basis, to any organization wanting to promote fire safety, by contacting the GFSA.
Since 1989 and in cooperation with current State Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens, the GFSA has pursued education in the private and public school systems. Each year High School Seniors in Georgia are challenged to write an essay based on a topic which has to do with fire safety and automatic fire sprinkler systems. The GFSA judges the essays and awards annual scholarships totaling $3,250.00 the authors of the top three essays. To date Scholarship awards have totaled $73,950.