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How home fire sprinklers could address the challenges of suburban sprawl

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Jul 22, 2014

Suburban Sprawl
A retiring fire chief from the Canadian city of Calgary offered a word of warning before leaving his post: the city's suburban growth rate will impact the fire department's ability to do its job.

The Calgary Herald reported that while the city has raced to build enough fire departments to service "new fringe communities," those costs keep rising. "Growth, and especially non-contiguous growth--growth that doesn't touch up against existing services--is very expensive to provide services to," Chief Bruce Burrell told the paper.

What may help to ease this burden is home fire sprinklers. A source quoted in the story states that "building code regulators should revisit the idea of mandatory sprinklers in new homes."

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