Tim Travers (right) of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative presents the Maryland State Firemen’s Association a $10,000 Bringing Safety Home Grant to help support activities that showcase the importance of home fire sprinklers in Maryland. Accepting the award on behalf of the association is Richard Smith (left) and Stephan Cox.
It has been a noteworthy summer for Maryland.
Following a victorious defeat of an anti-sprinkler bill earlier this year, fire service officials have banded together to form the Maryland Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Similar to the nearly 30 other coalitions formed in the U.S., Maryland's coalition localizes advocacy efforts in support of home fire sprinklers. Since Maryland has a statewide, sprinkler requirement for townhomes and one- and two-family homes, maintaining this requirement is another coalition goal.
Another bit of good news for Maryland residents: the Dorchester County Council recently approved a tax credit for home fire sprinkler installation. According to the Dorchester Star, up to a $5,000 credit against the home's property taxes will be applied to new homes constructed between now and June 30, 2019. The Dorchester Banner also reports that the council's decision followed a live burn/fire sprinkler demonstration by Maryland's safety advocates earlier this year.
Another sprinkler demonstration took place last month at the Maryland State Firemen's Association (MSFA) Convention and Conference in Ocean City. At the event, MSFA also received a $10,000 grant check from NFPA via it's Fire Sprinkler Initiative's Bringing Safety Home Grant. Awarded to 15 recipients this year, the grant assists state sprinkler coalitions and other safety advocates in supporting local activities that showcase home fire sprinklers.