Virginia Sprinkler Debate Splits Firefighters, Builders
from The Daily News Record – July 7, 2009
A statewide mandate requiring fire sprinklers to be installed in single-family homes has sparked a heated debate, dividing firefighters and homebuilders throughout Virginia.
At a September meeting, the International Code Commission approved various codes, including one calling for the installation of a fire sprinkler system in new one- and two-family homes. States have the option of adopting the code in full, or in part. In this case, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development has chosen at this point to strike the sprinkler requirement from the code. But the board's decision isn't final. Residents can still give feedback before the panel meets July 27 to vote on proposed code regulations that would take effect in 2010.
Some Seek New Hampshire Sprinkler System Statute
from Union Leader – July 4, 2009
Fire and building code officials in Bedford and Goffstown, N.H., want the state adopt new national codes that would make sprinklers mandatory in all newly constructed one- and two-family homes. Homebuilders are gearing up for a fight on the issue.
August Class Added for Beginning System Planning School
from AFSA – July 8, 2009
Due to demand,an additional Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School has been added to AFSA's training schedule for August 17-28. After the August class, only one other class remains - November 9-20. Details
Sprinkler System Saves Pasadena, Calif., Business from Fire
from The Pasadena Citizen - July 5, 2009
Pasadena, Calif., firefighters responded to a fire at the Fantastis Shots inside the Pasadena Town Square Mall. Upon their arrival, they found the building's sprinkler system had extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire was an electric lamp that caught a backdrop on fire.
July 14 Webinar - Significant Changes to NFPA 14, 2010 Edition
AFSA - June 17, 2009
Held Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. CDT, this 90-minute seminar will include discussion of “performance based” calculations of Class I hose connections, and the hydraulic characteristics of fire hose and accessory equipment. This seminar offers 1.5 CPDs and/or 0.15 CEUs. More
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Lawyer says Westwood, Mass., Officials Can Require Sprinklers at Wildstar Farms
Wicked Local - July 6, 2009
The convoluted permitting process for Wildstar Farm has taken another turn, with Town Counsel Tom McCusker changing his mind in a memo about whether the Planning Board can require a sprinkler system on the project. The Planning Board's review and discussion of the proposed elite horse dressage barn has revolved around public safety and fire protection - with sprinklers a crucial issue.
Register Early and Win Free Stuff!
from AFSA - June 17, 2009
There are less than two weeks left to take advantage of AFSA's early bird registration discount. Early bird deadline is Friday, July 17. If you haven't registered yet, act now! Also, be sure to follow AFSA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/afsa
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Sprinklers Assist Firefighters in Ashland, Ore., Apartment Blaze
from Mail Tribune – July 6, 2009
Unattended candles are the suspected culprit in a noninjury apartment fire near Southern Oregon University. The fire set off the sprinkler system, giving firefighters a head start on dousing the flames. No one was injured. More
Ohio Assisted Living Facility Fire Doused by Sprinklers
from WHIO Dayton - July 6, 2009
Police said a 60-year-old man is in jail, accused of trying to set the assisted living center where he lives on fire.
A fire was set to a bedroom at the South Park Assisted Living home in Dayton, Ohio.
The home’s sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading until firefighters arrived to douse the flames. Damage was very limited.