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Bruce Kline


Chief Bruce Kline

Chief Bruce Kline of the Lady's Island Saint Helena's Fire District spoke at today's home fire sprinkler summit about the status of requirements for home sprinklers in South Carolina. The South Carolina Building Code Council had adopted the 2009 IRC with an effective date of January 1, 2011, but that requirement was subsequently delayed until 2014 by legislative action. (Update: Sprinkler mandate won't be considered until after January 1, 2015.)

Chief Kline said that in hindsight, the delay was beneficial to his state's sprinkler efforts.


South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition The South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition (SCFSC) was formed to bring the fire service and other stakeholders together for the purpose of keeping the home fire sprinkler requirement in the South Carolina code. Its goal is to increase awareness of the power of fire and the home fire death problem; emphasizing the role that the home fire sprinkler requirement plays in saving lives and preventing injuries in South Carolina.

Two South Carolina residents are featured in NFPA's "Faces of Fire" campaign, designed to put a face on the life-saving impact of home sprinklers. With funding from the U.S. Fire Administration, this campaign features real people telling personal stories to demonstrate the need for sprinklers.

Linda Chavis of Lexington, South Carolina, lost her firefighter son in a house fire in 2001. "It is definitely a parent’s worst nightmare to receive a call saying your son or child has been hurt. My first thought was no, he’s a fireman. He helps people, he can’t be hurt."

Chief Brian Black of Anderson County, South Carolina, was on duty when he learned that his house was on fire. Although his family survived, the house was destroyed and they lost everything they owned. Recognizing how close he came to losing his family; he made a decision to include fire sprinklers when he rebuilt his home.