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New homes for special-needs residents to include sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr.

Six special-needs residents of Kingsport, Tennessee, will be receiving the utmost level of protection in their homes. The Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority is in the process of sprinklering two, 2,200-square-foot houses for six residents. Anticipated for completion in October, the sprinklered homes will either completely douse a fire or give these residents enough time to seek safety.

This isn’t the first time this Tennessee town has embraced home fire sprinklers. The Skyland Falls Condominiums in Kingsport are fully equipped with these systems. “We haven’t had any fires in that community, but if we do, we know sprinklers will take care of it,” Barry Brickey, public education officer for the Kingsport Fire Department tells NFPA. “We’re excited that others will enjoy the safety benefits of sprinklers.”

Learn how sprinklers are also protecting a Massachusetts family and their special-needs son by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site and by watching this video:

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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