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I recently came across an issue of Fire Rescue Magazine from October 2011. A writing by Timothy E. Sendelbach, the magazine's editor, offers a strong yet realistic perspective on the home fire sprinkler battle, addressing the fire service, saying; "we need a rallying cry."
Lately,the grapevine, blogs and Internet groups are abuzz with talk of the possibility of the fire sprinkler requirement being removed from the next edition of the residential contruction model code. I thought it may be appropriate to revisit Mr. Sendelbach's piece. In it he says 'we’re a group of more than 1 million men and women with a collaborative bond we call “the brotherhood” (and sisterhood!). We’re united by a common mission—to save lives and protect property. We indeed are a force to be reckoned with, a “gang” of many, united as one.'
Reminding us of President George W. Bush's appeal to the nation after September 11th when he stated; "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail" Mr. Sendelbach believes we need such a rallying cry in the fight for home fire sprinklers because "the thousands of lives that are on the line should be more than enough to provide that voice."
Read Mr. Sendelbach's editorial, "Submission is NOT an Option"