Brad Carroll gave elected and building officials in Rock Springs, Wyoming, something to think about following an educational presentation on home fire sprinklers he gave them in January. The topic apparently struck such a chord with attendees, since Carroll was invited to take part in a Rock Springs City Council follow-up workshop in February.
The workshop discussed a consideration to update the city’s building code and adopt a model building code requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes. “I was honored to be asked to be a part of the process,” Carroll, a member of the Wyoming Fire Sprinkler Coalitionand fire prevention specialist at the Wyoming State Fire Marshal’s Office, told NFPA.
Developers and contractors at the summit also addressed their concerns, mainly centered on sprinkler installation costs. Carroll and other sprinkler supporters responded to these and other misconceptions. Water damage, he noted at the workshop, is more prevalent during a fire department’s response to a home fire than when a fire sprinkler activates. Caroll also countered the “Hollywood” myth that home fire sprinklers all activate at once.
Also on board for home fire sprinklers was Rock Springs Fire Chief Jim Wamsley, who said at the meeting thatthese devices would not reduce the necessity of firefighters.
Following the workshop, Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar said he’d like more information before formulating an opinion on fire sprinklers.
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