I had many burning questions for Robert Nolan, fire marshal for the city of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. News broke earlier this year that Vegas' city council unanimously approved a requirement to fire sprinkler its one- and two-family homes. Since Vegas is the hottest real estate market in the U.S. (per Realtor.com), this decision will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the safety of its residents. Nolan, his fire chief, and others worked behind the scenes to see this requirement through. I needed to know how they did it.
I chatted with Nolan on the specifics, and my interview with him appears in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. To my surprise, he and others worked with the local homebuilding association, which in the end, also supported a Vegas fire sprinkler requirement. "At no point did we say [to the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association], ‘Hey, we’re going to steamroll you’—that was never an option for us, and it shouldn’t be anyone’s tactic,” Nolan told me. “We learned, through negotiations, what they wanted and what was important to them. And we were able to deliver on most of those.”
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