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Jim Ford


Fire marshal showcases success of town's home fire sprinkler requirement

Jim Ford with the Scottsdale, Arizona, Fire Department discusses his city's home fire sprinkler requirement at NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit

Looking for solid proof that a home fire sprinkler ordinance can save lives without posing added financial burdens to homeowners? Chat with Jim Ford.

The fire marshal of the Scottsdale, Arizona, Fire Department has an array of data underscoring the effectiveness of his town's sprinkler requirement that went into effect in 1986. The most eye-opening slides from his presentation during NFPA's 2015 Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit highlighted more than 20 home fires--electrical, smoking, and cooking were some of the causes--that led to successful sprinkler activations. "We're seeing the same [types of] fires occurring across the U.S., but we're seeing different outcomes," Ford told summit attendees.

More than half of all homes in Scottsdale are now protected by sprinklers. Ford said the average cost per sprinklered square foot for semi-custom homes has been as low as $1.50. During each code cycle, Ford says the ordinance passes with ease.

For more information on the Scottsdale ordinance, download Ford's presentation. Watch the video of Ford underscoring how the ordinance has significantly decreased the city's fire losses without diminishing the necessity of the fire service: