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    Thumbs up A Win for the Fire Service

    Or at least, a Win for Maryland's Firefighters and those that we protect. In the Final Days of the state Legislative session that ended Monday, 4/9/12 at Midnight, Legislation was passed in both the House and Senate that will prohibit any local Government from "opting out" of any Life Safety Provision in the State's Building Code. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said that he will sign the Bill into law within a month. The short story is that this will now require automatic Fire Sprinklers in all new Residential Construction, Statewide. With a dozen active Firefighters serving in the House and Senate, and a group of very dedicated people who represent the different Fire Service organizations across the State, we were able to get the job done, despite the expected outcry from the Construction industry......
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    That's great. Hopefully some other states will see the light and jump on board as well.

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    Harve, great to hear this.

    Builders fight this tooth and nail. They "claim" that is adds too much to the cost of a new house and what happens if the sprinklers go off? It will ruin the inside of the house.

    Have you ever heard such BS as this?
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    Good job - congrats --- just remember - what the politicans "give" they can take away. Stay on em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Harve, great to hear this.

    Builders fight this tooth and nail. They "claim" that is adds too much to the cost of a new house and what happens if the sprinklers go off? It will ruin the inside of the house.

    Have you ever heard such BS as this?
    All the Time, Cap. The Construction Industry in general, and the National Association of Home Builders in particular seem to be paranoid over sprinklers, and I have yet to figure out why. As I told a House Committee a year ago, these guys are selling Lawn Sprinklers at the same time they're fighting Fire Sprinklers. Are people supposed to care more about their lawns than their kids???..........
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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    I'd opine that their opposition is born of job security, especially with today's construction methods and materials.

    After all, if a sprinkler puts out a fire in a trash can before it can cause any structural damage, they don't get to build/rebuild the house. That's lost income...

    Stranger things have been known to pass...
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    I Dunno...... Down here, the most noise is made by the big guys who build dozens at a time, and they don't do single rebuilds. The small one to three or four jobs at a time builders do all the Fire Damage stuff, and they are the least likely to oppose sprinklers.........
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
    In memory of
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    Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

    IACOJ Budget Analyst

    I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

    www.gdvfd18.com

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