Fire service officials in Massachusetts made pointed comments this week to the state's Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), which is considering rolling back key safety requirements following an analysis on sprinkler systems that many are calling "flawed."
Issued by BBRS, the draft white paper, "The Cost and Effectiveness for Health, Safety, and Security of Fire Alarm Systems and Fire Sprinkler Systems in 3 to 6 Unit Residential Buildings," examines these fire protection measures and the notion of lessening sprinkler requirements, an idea that drew ire from the number of fire officials attending the BBRS meeting, including NFPA and other members of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Its members believe that fire and life safety requirements for new construction should not be reduced.
"The BBRS is playing with fire," says Mary Regan, the coalition's chair and chief of the Westfield Fire Department.
For more on this story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.