NFPA Journal shows how an Arizona town uses sprinklers to stabilize troubled communities

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 12, 2012

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c3343ef86970b-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c3343ef86970b-800wi|alt=Perspectives_240|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Perspectives_240|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c3343ef86970b!In his "[Perspectives | http://www.nfpa.org/publicColumn.asp?categoryID=2725&itemID=59067&src=NFPAJournal]" column in the latest issue of NFPA Journal , Scott Somers, the vice-mayor of Mesa, Arizona, and a 17-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department, tells us that he has "found that sprinklers can be a strategic tool to spur job growth and economic opportunity." When voters overturned a[ residential sprinkler | http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=13D] ordinance in 1999 adopted by Mesa’s city council in 1999, the City of Mesa decided to take an innovative approach to sprinkler advocacy. Using federal grants, Mesa has installed home fire sprinklers in low- and moderate-income homes, and created a city-run grant program to retrofit sprinklers in historic downtown businesses. To see how it was done, read Scott's column online or turn to page 14 of the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.