The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), the International Code Council (ICC), the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), and the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding during Fire Rescue International.
According to the 2009 International Residential
Code (IRC), a provision requires newly constructed one- and two-family houses
to include the installation of life-saving fire sprinkler systems, designed to
dramatically reduce the number of injuries and deaths in the home caused by
fires. To address the upswing in demand for professionals who are
accredited to install residential fire sprinkler systems driven by these new
regulations, theCenter for Public Safety
Excellence(CPSE), theInternational Code Council(ICC), theNational Fire Sprinkler
Association(NFSA), and theAmerican Fire Sprinkler
Association(AFSA) signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding during Fire
Rescue International in Chicago on August 27, 2010, to jointly advance and
promote the mutual interest of fire protection safety and accreditation.
Supported by its partners,
the CPSE will soon begin forming a technical committee with broad based
representation to develop the criteria and structure for an accreditation for
professional dwelling fire sprinkler installers. The successful work of this
technical committee will lead to the creation of a new Commission for the
Accreditation for Dwelling Fire Sprinkler Contractors. Using the CPSE
accreditation model, many stakeholders will be brought together to form this
new commission to jointly develop programs for accreditation, leveraging their
collective knowledge, provisions and expertise.
The timing of this agreement
couldn't be better: approved fire sprinkler systems will be required in all
one- and two-family dwellings constructed after the 2009 IRC is adopted or on
January 1, 2011, whichever is later.
While there are
professionals who are well trained to install commercial fire sprinklers, the
demand for qualified residential sprinkler contractors is growing at a
tremendous rate. Given the dependence on the life-saving benefits of fire
sprinklers in residential properties, it is imperative a system is in place to
ensure quality installation.
Once this program is
launched and the Commission has been formalized and becomes active, the
Accredited Dwelling Fire Sprinkler Contractor program will provide not only the
public a greater peace of mind but also local AHJs with the confidence that all
dwelling fire sprinkler installations are performed by qualified
For more information, visitwww.firesprinkler.org/news/FRIMOUAnnouncement.pdf.