Leadership

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS AT SPRINKLERED PROPERTIES

Issue 10 and Volume 157.

BY DAVID R. BLOSSOM, ALCM, CFPS, CFI1 Will Rogers once said, “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” Although these words typically provoke a smile when quoted, at the same time, they can haunt us when we find ourselves believing something that may not be accurate. What do you believe about the fire sprinkler-protected buildings in your district? Once, in most fire protection districts you could almost count on your fingers and toes the number of buildings protected by fire sprinkler systems. Prior to the early 1970s, sprinkler-protected buildings were not common. Typically, they were restricted to large manufacturing, textile, warehouse, and industrial occupancies. Protected properties usually had very simple “tree” or pipe schedule systems. As laws were enacted requiring fire sprinkler protection, the number of protected buildings began to increase. When the advantages of sprinkler systems were recognized, the…

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