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Having overseen nearly 2,000 home installations of fire sprinklers, Randy Miller knows these systems backwards and forwards. He's now receiving national recognition not only for these installations but for his assistance in passing an ordinance to fire sprinkler every new home in Camas, Washington.
His efforts are the reason Miller was recently named "fire sprinkler advocate of the year" by the American Fire Sprinkler Association. The recognition honors efforts to advance the use of automatic sprinklers by people not directly involved in the fire sprinkler industry.
Nearly 15 years ago, Miller, now deputy fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, pushed for a residential sprinkler ordinance in his town. The opposition was swift and severe. "The building industry came out in droves," Miller told AFSA in a recent article appearing in its Sprinkler Age magazine.
Miller and his colleagues then decided to initiate conversations with local builders and developers to discuss ways fire sprinklers can address building challenges. “We came up with compromises,” Miller told AFSA. “We told them, you can have narrower streets in your subdivision, if you sprinkler it. You can have one way in, if you sprinkler it. You can have a gated community, if you sprinkler it. You can have steeper slopes or longer dead end roads or less hydrants, but you have to sprinkler the entire subdivision.” Known as "trade-ups," these compromises can be key pitches to builders.
The fruits of Miller's labor are astounding; 98 percent of homes in Camas and Washougal had sprinkler protection prior to the ordinance, making the 2016 passage all that easier. The vote to pass the ordinance was unanimous. Read the article by AFSA for more information on Miller.
NFPA sends its congratulations to Randy Miller for receiving this prestigious honor.