Tempers flared following a recent vote by the New York Fire Prevention and Building Code Council to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code but remove its requirement to sprinkler all new, one- and two-family homes. Instead, the council opted to continue using the current code, which requires sprinklers only in wood frame residences exceeding two stories.
"You guys messed up," Jeff Wilkinson, president of the New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, told the council, according to an article in the Times Union. "You guys should be ashamed of yourselves."
Also not mincing words was the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), an active member of the New York Sprinkler Initiative, which has been advocating for the sprinkler requirement for months. The group has been stressing the loss of two-year-old Nora Lamirande, who died in May from a fire in a New York home built in 2013. "I am deeply disappointed that in voting to remove residential sprinklers from the statewide building code, members of the Code Council have chosen to put profit ahead of safety,” said Jerry DeLuca, the association's executive director and CEO.