Sprinkler task force highlights teamwork, stakeholder education in California

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 10, 2012

http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/Hoover5California is one of two states to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Early on in the process, the Office of the State Fire Marshal set out to bring stakeholders together in order to ease the implementation of the requirement. Part of the process involved the creation of the CAL FIRE Residential Fire Sprinkler/Water Purveyor Task Force.

In addition to the participation of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, other members of the task force included members of the California fire service, building industry, building officials,water Purveyors, American Water Works Association (AWWA), public health officials, state agencies, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and the League of California Cities.

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3bf3ee53970c-popupObtaining buy-in from water purveyors is a critical step in the home fire sprinkler requirement progression. Citing how “diverse groups and professionals with a universal interest of public protection will work together on common goals,” the Office of the State Fire Marshal, under the http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/leadership of then Acting Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, facilitated the work of the task force and published a published a final report documenting the work and issuing sound recommendations “essential to the successful understanding of the statewide residential fire sprinkler adoption movement within the California Building Standards and will be used as part of that decision making process.” Chief Hoover has since been appointed CAlifornia State Fire Marshal

Chief Hoover's leadership and the work of the CAL FIRE task force is truly a case study in how successful collaboration with major stakeholders is the key to successful implementation of the home fire sprinkler requirement. It is a model to be emulated.http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3bf3f0e8970c-piRead the report.