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Fire service weighs in on new Minnesota sprinkler requirement

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Por Fred Durso, Jr.

Sprinkler Supporters: Tom Thornberg (left) and Tom Clark with the International Association of Fire Fighters

NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team is exhibiting at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) this week for the purposes of informing elected officials on the many benefits of home fire sprinklers. Since NCSL is taking place in Minnesota, where state lawmakers recently published a new mandate requiring sprinklers in new homes larger than 4,500 square feet, we decided to chat with fire service officials also at the conference to get their take on the new requirement.

Standing near a fire truck rolled onto the exhibit floor, Tom Clark, a Minnesota firefighter there on behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), praised the coordinated effort of the state’s fire service that backed the sprinkler legislation. “If you go in as one big force, it makes a big difference when the legislators start asking questionsand you all have the same answers,” he told NFPA.

A sprinkler advocate, Clark also practices what he preaches. When he had his new home built within a subdivision, “I told the builders I want [a sprinkler system],” he says. “They gave me some flak for that, but I was insistent on it. What’s frustrating is that I talked to my neighbors. Had they been offered a sprinkler system, they said they would have put one in. They weren’t even given the option.

Tom Thornberg, Fifth District Vice President with IAFF and NCSL attendee, praised the new requirements and noted that like NFPA, IAFF also supports residential sprinklers. While Thornberg would like to see all new one- and two-family homes in his state sprinklered, he says the legislation is great first step. “It’s been provenresidential fire sprinklers save lives and property.

Fuente:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams fundó el Instituto de Formación de Servicios de Bomberos en 1995 para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos que enfrenta el servicio de bomberos voluntarios. Él ha sido un miembro activo de la Asociación de Bomberos del Estado de California (SCAF) desde 1994, habiendo sido miembro de los comités de voluntarios y de relaciones públicas, y como subdirector división del sur. Se sienta en varias organizaciones locales, incluyendo el Consejo de Protección de Bomberos del Condado de Santa Barbara, los Tres Condados de Responsables de Capacitación de la Asociación, De Santa Barbara capítulo de CAER y es miembro fundador del grupo de Santa Bárbara PIO Emergencia Información Pública Comunicaciones (ÉPICO). Ha sido el autor de muchos artículos y columnista de un periódico local en materia de seguridad pública. Él es también el co-anfitrión de alerta comunitaria sobre KZSB AM-1290 en Santa Bárbara. Williams ha sido miembro de la Junta de Servicios de Bomberos del Estado de California desde 2008. Antes de involucrarse en el servicio de bomberos voluntarios, Williams era un oficial de policía de California para 12 ½ años y un Oficial de Entrenamiento de Campo Correo Certificado. Él es un investigador privado con licencia y consultor de seguridad especializada en auto asegurado, asignaciones de defensa del gobierno y de seguros.


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