RIAFC Pushing Support for Residential Sprinklers

The RIAFC has been a strong supporter of the use of residential sprinklers. Recently, and under the direction of RIAFC President Chief Frank Brown, the RIAFC has had two pieces of legislation submitted in the RI General Assembly dealing with residential sprinklers.

H-7426 offering an alternative to using cisterns

H-7783 offering new construction home buyers a chance to get information and sprinklers installed

Neither of these bills make requirements of the home builders, but offer a smart alternative to the installation of a water cistern in areas without water, and a chance for purchasers of new construction homes to receive information and possibly make a choice to install residential sprinklers prior to construction of their new home. A pamphlet offering information and dispelling untrue myths about sprinklers is published by the RI Sprinkler Coalition on their webpage. Click here for the pamphlet.

Recently, a column written by fire safety specialist Jane Perkins appeared in the Westerly Sun. The column promoted the use of residential sprinklers and the RI Sprinkler Coalition.

You can read the column by clicking here.

When the RI Sprinkler Coalition was formed in September of 2016, the RIAFC made a commitment to have its current president and 1st vice president always co-chair this important coalition. Working with organizations and partners  like NFPA, NFSA, RI Fire Marshals office, RI Building Officials, RI Home Builders, RI Fire Marshals Association, RI Building Commission and more, the RI Sprinkler Coalition hopes to educate the public and all interested parties about the benefits of residential sprinklers. The RI Sprinkler Coalition also has their own webpage with important information. The following link will take you directly to that webpage.

The RI Sprinkler Coalition

If you have any questions please contact RIAFC Executive Director, Chief Richard Susi at rifirechiefs@gmail.com or 401-692-0795

Below- Fire Chiefs, Fire Officials and partners from many national fire safety organizations recently took this picture at the Station Fire Memorial in West Warwick RI, each holding a sprinkler head, in support of the installation of sprinklers as the absolute most effective, pro-active fire safety system available.