The Maine Fire Sprinkler Coalition is dedicated to promoting home fire sprinklers. This voluntary coalition is a resource for information about home fire sprinklers in the state of Maine. The coalition actively works to educate stakeholder groups on residential fire sprinklers and collaborates with key state fire service organizations to address and overcome barriers to residential fire sprinkler requirements.
To join the coalition or for more information, contact Chair Joseph Thomas.
Local Town Passes Ordinance for Home Fire Sprinklers
In 2018, the Gorham Town Council voted to require sprinklers in all new homes. The new "Fire Suppression Systems Ordinance" followed months of dialogue on the issue and two educational workshops on home fire sprinklers. For more information on this ordinance, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Coalition Shows Support for Home Fire Sprinklers
While in Washington, D.C., for the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner, coalition members met with Maine Senator Susan Collins, chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, one of the largest caucuses in Congress. Senator Collins and Senator Tom Carper (Delaware) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. Congressman Tom Reed (New York) and Congressman Jim Langevin (Rhode Island) introduced identical legislation in the House. The bill creates a tax incentive for building owners to retrofit properties with automatic fire sprinklers. The coalition supports this act. Pictured from left: National Fire Sprinkler Association's Dave LaFond; Maine State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas; Maine Senator Collins; Chief Al Nelson of the Gardiner Fire Department; and Tim Travers, NFPA fire sprinkler specialist.
Rockland Offers Case Study on Impact of Home Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
Responding to a commentary that questioned the necessity of requirements for home fire sprinklers, a coalition member has given solid facts on why this requirement has been a tremendous benefit in his town of Rockland. "Home fire sprinklers are a very important piece of the overall safe home puzzle, and while not the only answer, they represent the single most effective tool in reducing fire fatalities," stated Assistant Rockland Fire Chief Adam Miceli. Read more by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Demo Captures Speed of Home Fires & Power of Fire Sprinklers
The Maine Fire Sprinkler Coalition hosted a demonstration on October 8, 2015, in Augusta to showcase the fierceness of today's home fires and the impact home fire sprinklers have in rapidly responding to fire. Narrating the demonstration was Maine State Fire Marshal and coalition Chair Joseph Thomas.
Habitat for Humanity Installs Sprinklers in its First Home
A teary-eyed resident of Rockland, Maine, recently received keys to her new home, the 29th residence built by Midcoast Maine Habitat for Humanity. What makes this home different than the others is that it's protected by home fire sprinklers. For more on this story, visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.
Home Fire Sprinklers in the News
In response to a 2015 fire that damaged residential units in downtown Gardiner, Maine Fire Sprinkler Coalition member David LaFond penned a letter to the editor promoting the importance of home fire sprinklers. Read his letter.