Lack of sprinkler requirements outrages Massachusetts state fire marshal

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Dec 9, 2014

MA state fire marshal
“I have responded to hundreds of fatal fires in my state, and it’s hard to rationalize how decisions [on mandatory home fire sprinkler installations] can be based strictly on cost while not recognizing the effect fire has on our society,” says Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, who has headed the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services since its creation in 1995.

For years, Coan has been a tireless force in the push for statewide sprinkler requirements. His department has a seat on the state's Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), which adopts building regulations and administers provisions of the state building code. Though he's urged the BBRS to adopt sprinkler requirements, the board has voted against these endeavors on numerous occasions.

Learn about Coan's push for home fire sprinklers by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.