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Jeff LaFlam


Jeff LaFlam of the Northshore (WA) Fire Department speaks at the Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, April 2012

Jeff LaFlam, Fire Marshal for the Northshore (WA) Fire Department, speaks about adopting a residential fire sprinkler ordinance in Kenmore, WA, at NFPA's Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in Chicago, April 2012.

The adoption of an ordinance requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in residential occupancies can be a long and difficult process. The first step in the process is to become extremely knowledgeable about these systems. This includes technical, historical, research and data. Developing a network of resources and experts in the field will pay substantial dividends throughout the education and adoption process.

Fire Marshal LaFlam outlined some steps that are essential to success:

  • Educate fire department personnel.
  • Through education and passion for the cause you will need to gain the full support of your Chief and Board of Commissioners (if applicable). Without unwavering support from the top of the organization you will not be able to navigate successfully through this lengthy process.
  • Begin to educate your community about the value of fire sprinklers.
  • Work closely with the water provider(s) in your area regarding the water supply requirements and details.
  • Begin discussions with and education of the City officials in regards to “risk management” for the community.

Read an overview of Fire Marshal LaFlam's presentation about the adoption of a sprinkler ordinance in Kenmore, WA.