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2012 Home Fire Sprinkler Summit


NFPA hosts home fire sprinkler summit in Chicago

Home Fire Sprinkler Summit

Speaking before a crowd comprising fire service representatives and other safety advocates from nearly every state, NFPA President Jim Shannon promised that NFPA would continue to lead the fight to require the installation of fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes.


NFPA President Jim Shannon speaks at the Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, April 2012 
"We are in this for the long haul"
- NFPA President Jim Shannon

Mr. Shannon was the featured speaker at the April 2, 2012, kick-off dinner for a one-day home fire sprinkler summit in Chicago. The event brought together sprinkler advocates for networking and the sharing of lessons learned and best practices. Attendees went home equipped with the information and resources they need to help make the case for sprinkler requirements.

Currently, three states (California, Maryland, and South Carolina) and scores of communities across the United States have adopted requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two- family dwellings. And Mr. Shannon admits the effort has been an uphill battle. Read Mr. Shannon's remarks.

In This Section

  • Opening remarks - Jim Shannon   NFPA President addresses summit attendees
  • Keynote presentation - Princella Lee Bridges   A former operating room nurse, she was burned on 49% of her body in a home fire. In an her inspiring opening address, Princella says America needs to wake up around the issue of home fire sprinklers.
  • Tonya Hoover - California   California's state fire marshal discussed the home fire sprinkler issue in California
  • Stephen Coan - Massachusetts   The Massachusetts state fire marshal provided an overview of the battle for home fire sprinklers in his state
  • Jeff LaFlam - Washington   The fire marshal for the Northshore Fire Department in Washington spoke about the process of adopting a residential fire sprinkler ordinance.
  • Terry Bookey - Alaska   Tax credits for home fire sprinklers
  • Bruce Kline - South Carolina   Chief of the Lady's Island Saint Helena's Fire District in South Carolina spoke about the status of requirements for home sprinklers in South Carolina
  • Regional discussions   Attendees got an opportunity to break into regional groups to strategize and share experiences about their efforts to require sprinklers for new homes in their communities and states