Disagreeing with fellow county commissioners, firefighter casts vote in support of residential sprinkler requirement

By Fred Durso, Jr. Image courtesy of koratmember at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Let’s start with the bad news: The Tullahoma News reports that a local county commission in Tennessee recently voted to opt out of a home fire sprinkler requirement in the International Residential Code. Lobbying efforts by the South Central Builders Association of Tennessee, noted a realtor quoted in the story, successfully convinced the commission that sprinklers are “a big expense.” Now the good news: challenging such sprinkler myths, County Commissioner Tim Stubblefield, a longtime Tullahoma firefighter, was the sole vote among 20 commissioners against opting out of the requirement. “[Homebuilders] complain that it costs…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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