As reported on KAPPTV.com, the Yakama Nation Housing Authority is building a $27 million development and part of that money will pay for fire sprinkler systems in all new homes.
Located in Toppenish, Washington the Yakama Indian Reservation covers 1,573 square miles in the south-central Washington counties of Klickitat and Yakima. The Yakama Indian Reservation has 8,870 members.
The Yakama Housing Authority hopes the investment now will save lives and property for years to come. The article quotes James Berg, of the housing authority: “The cost of that new technology is such, its attainable, that it makes a great deal of sense." Speaking about the project, firefighter Andy Babcock adds: "Its protecting your most vulnerable people, people that are elderly, people under 10."
The State of Washington allows local jurisdictions to adopt home fire sprinkler requirements. The life safety community is very active, and united under the umbrella of the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition. The coalition is a group dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the State of Washington.
To learn more visit the Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalition website. For more information about fire sprinkler systems in Washington State contact NFPA Fire Sprinkler Specialist Jeffrey Hudson.