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Upon learning that Minnesota legislators have introduced a bill blocking a sprinkler mandate set to take effect this fall, fire service officials immediately got to work.
The group, comprised mainly of Minnesota fire chiefs, rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol this week against proposed legislation that would bar the state from implementing sprinkler requirements and would prevent government entities from adopting sprinkler rules, according to a news report by an NBC affiliate. Following a ruling by an administrative law judge, Minnesota's Department of Labor and Industry can mandate sprinklers in homes more than 4,500 square feet in size. The story states that the new proposal was an "11th-hour effort" by the Builders Association of Minnesota to block the upcoming mandate.
"We have yet to see a Realtor or a builder come and offer their sympathies and express how safe their house was after the fire," St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler said at the press conference.
Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog for more information.</p>