Dual purpose: Firefighter doubles as a homebuilder who embraces home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Apr 13, 2015

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Firefighter and homebuilder Kevin Fitzpatrick (center) cost-effectively sprinklered his parents' new home in Alsip, Illinois.

One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes.


As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in Alsip, Illinois. The single-family home is an outcome of the village’s sprinkler ordinance, which is in accordance with NFPA 13D, +Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.+

The build was a learning experience since it was Fitzpatrick’s first attempt at sprinklering a home. Fortunately, he saved money on the project by selecting a sprinkler contractor who knew how to cost-effectively meet all 13D guidelines.


Read more by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.

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