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In 1999, Robert Gorvett, fire chief for the Village of Hoffman Estates in Illinois, proposed a residential fire sprinkler ordinance. Hoffman Estates was to be the largest municipality in Illinois at the time to require fire sprinklers in homes. It was no ordinary effort due to the village’s vast acreage for new subdivisions--a true Midwest “cornfield” community that would set a precedent for many of the 90-plus Illinois municipalities that now have residential fire sprinkler ordinances.
Although Chief Gorvett had the backing of his fire marshal, Hank Clemmensen, there was much external opposition. Learn how he was able to get a sprinkler ordinance on the books by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.