One of the best things about events like today's Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, being held in Vancouver, WA, is the opportunity to meet with colleagues, fellow sprinkler advocates, and some of the nation's most respected experts on home fire sprinklers, coalition building, and making things happen.
Nanette Tatom, a public information officer with the Gig Harbor (WA) Fire & Medic One, is on the ground in Vancouver today - and sending along photos of the summit for this blog. She reports that attendees wasted no time this morning during registration to introduce themselves to other attendees and make important professional connections. "It looks like it will standing room only today," she says.
Today's keynote address, "The California Experience", will be delivered by Tonya Hoover, California State Fire Marshal. California and Maryland are the two states in the nation that currently require the installation of fire sprinklers in all new construction of one- and two-family homes.
In a recent interview with NFPA, Fire Marshal Hoover said she hopes other states will use portions of California’s efforts as a model for establishing their own requirements for home fire sprinklers. The California Building Standards Commission voted to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code, including its requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two- family dwellings, with an effective date of January 1, 2011.