This week at NFPA's headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition hosted a meeting to discuss a series of legislative bills that could bolster fire sprinkler use in new homes. One bill in particular would give local municipalities the option to require sprinklers in its homes. Making its way out of Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, the bill is co-sponsored by state Rep. Ruth Balser, a vocal fire sprinkler advocate. She has underscored her stance on sprinklers at recent Fire Sprinkler Initiative events.
The bill and the coalition's push for safety attracted local media, which interviewed coalition members during the meeting about their efforts. "With sprinklers in the home, that will knock down the fire and stop its progression," Mary Regan, Massachusetts coalition chair and fire chief of the Westfield Fire Department, told a local Fox affiliate.