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Unified support by Maryland firefighters prevents attempt at weakening sprinkler requirement

By Fred Durso, Jr. Volunteer firefighters in Caroline County, Maryland, are being credited for stopping efforts to water down a fire sprinkler mandate. Maryland requires sprinklers in all of its new homes. Caroline County commissioners toyed with the idea of pursuing an amendment that would weaken the mandate, but got push back from all of its volunteer fire companies. “We are all unified [in our support of the sprinkler requirement],” Tim Gunderson, Ridgely Volunteer Fire Company President told The Star Democrat. While promoting the life-saving aspect of sprinklers, Gunderson also highlighted the affordability of installation. His research placed the average cost at about $2…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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