Fire marshal Randy Miller named advocate of the year for spearheading fire sprinkler ordinance

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Sep 28, 2017

Fire Marshal Randy Miller (second from right) stopped by NFPA's booth during AFSA's convention in Las Vegas. From left: Jeff Hudson, NFPA; Lorraine Carli, NFPA; and Peg Paul with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition


During the American Fire Sprinkler Association's (AFSA) recent Convention, Exhibition, and Apprentice Competition, a Washington Fire Marshal received well-deserved praise for his actions leading to his town's fire sprinkler ordinance. 


Randy Miller was named "advocate of the year," an annual recognition presented by AFSA honoring 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. 


NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team got the chance to congratulate Randy in person at the event. Congrats again, Randy!