Leadership

Sprinkler Law, Planning Limit Losses, Cost of Fire Protection

Issue 4 and Volume 129.

Sprinkler Law, Planning Limit Losses, Cost of Fire Protection Features During the latter part of 1969, it was apparent the City of Tukwila, Wash., would soon be one of the major industrial concentrations in the metropolitan Seattle area. With the realization that the costs of operating a fire department were constantly increasing, the Tukwila Fire Department launched a progressive fire protection program. This program centered around the thought that each building should furnish a certain part of its fire protection. The first step in the program was to evaluate the types of buildings being constructed in the city. Also, zoning was taken into consideration. Steps were taken to inform the Tukwila Planning Department and Commission as to the importance of integrating land-use planning with total fire protection for the community. This conflict was quite apparent when the Planning Commission was requiring developers to landscape areas that had been set aside…

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