The Mesa Model: Arizona community uses federal money to fund fire sprinkler projects

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 28, 2012
Scott Somers
Scott Somers, Ph.D., is vice-mayor of Mesa, Arizona, and a 17-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department
The November/December 2012 issue of NFPA Journal contains a perspective column by Scott Somers, Vice Mayor of the City of Mesa, AZ. In his own words Somers explains how his community is using federal money to fund fire sprinkler projects – both residential and commercial - designed to stabilize troubled neighborhoods and stimulate economic growth.

Mr. Somers says that in his nearly two decades of fire service experience in Phoenix, Arizona, he has witnessed firsthand how fire sprinklers are guardians of life and property. “As vice-mayor of the neighboring community of Mesa, I have also found that sprinklers can be a strategic tool to spur job growth and economic opportunity;” he adds.

The City of Mesa has taken an innovative approach to sprinkler advocacy by using federal grants to install home fire sprinklers in low- and moderate-income homes, as well as to create a city-run grant program to retrofit sprinklers in historic downtown businesses.

Read Mr. Somer’s NFPA Journal column