Southeastern Association Advocates Sprinklers

Southeastern Association Advocates Sprinklers

At its recent convention in Jacksonville, Fla., the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs adopted a Resolution advocating the installation of sprinkler systems and fire escapes for all buildings used for housing purposes, not constructed as a Type 1 building under NBFU classification.

The Resolution reads as follows:

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs feel it to be their responsibility to call to the attention of those in authority and responsible for the housing and maintenance of housing facilities provided in the several southeastern states for the accommodation of humans in the public charge, certain requirements consistent with the protection of life and property; and

WHEREAS, the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs is cognizant of the fact that many public buildings used through the southeastern states are inadequately constructed, equipped and maintained to provide the maximum fire protection for the occupants of such buildings; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, in conference assembled, that the following recommendations be respectfully made:

  1. That all public buildings used for housing purposes which are not constructed as a Type I building under the classification promulgated by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, which are two stories or more in height, be equipped with automatic sprinkler systems and fire escapes constructed and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
  2. That all buildings having basements and used as hospitals, irrespective of the type of construction of such buildings, be equipped with automatic sprinklers in the basement.
  3. That at no time should individuals who are unable to assist themselves be allowed to remain in the halls of public buildings.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the Resolution be forwarded to the Governor of each state in the Southeastern Division.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Commissioners Association of each state in the Southeastern Division.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of the Resolution be furnished to the press for publication.

ADOPTED May 4, 1949 by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

E. F. BEVILLE, President.

Recommended by Committee, D. W. BROSNAN, Chairman; H. R. CHASE, L. B. HILL.

Attest: W. W. STEPHEN, Secretary.

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