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Last modified: June 19, 2009





On December 12, 2007, the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Code Council) requested that the Department of State (DOS) establish a committee to gather information regarding the potential impact of mandating fire suppression systems in one-and two-family residences.  


The Residential Sprinkler Committee shall collect information that considers the potential impact of revising the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) to require the installation of fire suppression systems in one-and two-family residences, and shall report its findings to the Code Council for further consideration.  The report shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Historical data regarding fires in one-and two-family residences
  • Statistical information regarding increased safety achieved through installation of fire suppression systems in one-and two-family residences, when compared to current provisions
  • Description of fire suppression system options available in today’s market
  • Cost impact of mandating suppression systems in one-and two-family residences (capital and maintenance costs)
  • Potential impact on housing market
  • Potential impact on residential insurance premiums
  • Potential impact on firefighter safety
  • Identification of jurisdictions where fire suppression is mandated in one-and two-family residences, including assessed impact on jurisdiction
  • Additional impacts – infrastructure (water supply), system maintenance (leakage), property conservation, etc.


The Committee shall be comprised of a representative of each of the following (invited) organizations:

  • NYS Codes Coalition to Protect and Preserve our Communities
  • NYS Builders Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Fire Sprinkler Industry Representative
  • Fire Service Representative
  • Insurance Industry Representative
  • Plumbing Industry Representative
  • Fire Protection Engineer


The Committee shall conduct two face-to-face meetings, and additional meetings via conference call as necessary to achieve its work in a timely manner.  Meetings of the Committee shall be facilitated by staff of the Division of Building Standards and Codes and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.  A meeting schedule and other pertinent information regarding the Committee shall be posted on the DOS web site.  In addition to the scheduled meetings of the Committee, a Public Forum shall be conducted to allow public input.  








Residential Sprinkler Committee




NYS Codes Coalition to Protect and Preserve our Communities

    Steven McDaniel

    Wayne Cichon (alternate)


Fire Service Representative

    Julius Ballanco, P.E.



NYS Builders Association

    John Hofelich

    Philip LaRocque (alternate)



National Association of Home Builders

    Richard Schunk

    Steven Orlowski (alternate)



Fire Sprinkler Industry Representative

    Dominick Kasamauskas



Insurance Industry Representative

    Thomas A White



Plumbing Industry Representative

    David Kaufmann



Fire Protection Engineer

    Timothy DeRuyscher



Department of State Facilitators

    Raymond Andrews, Codes Division

    John Mueller, OFPC








The subcommittee meetings are open to the public. Meetings are being held utilizing tele-conference phone systems and do not necessarily have a meeting location. Therefore, any person wishing to participate or listen to a tele-conference meeting needs to make prior arrangements with the Raymond Andrews or John Mueller no later than two business days prior to the meeting. Any person wishing for committee members to review material or information during the public comment period or any other part of the agenda shall submit the information to the DOS Staff no later than 5 days prior to the meeting. Electronically submitted information is preferred, such as, but not limited to, Adobe Print Document Format (PDF), Microsoft Office Programs, and WordPerfect. Please contact your Subcommittee Chairperson about the specifics of submitting information.


From time to time, the Subcommittee Chairperson may have a location where those parties interested in participating or listening to the meeting will be welcome. The DOS Staff has the right to request interested parties to participate at a location or to participate by tele-conference. The location of a meeting, if one is convened, will not necessarily be in the Capital Region. Furthermore, a meeting that is held at a location may still have committee members participating by tele-conference and the submitted information requirements in the previous paragraph apply.



May 14, 2008  1:00pm to 3:30pm
May 28, 2008    10am to 12:00pm
June 12, 2008  10am to 12:00pm
June 25, 2008  10am to 12:00pm
July 29, 2008  10am to 12:00pm
September 29, 2008  10am to 12:00pm
October 16, 2008  10am to 12:00pm
November 19, 2008  10am to 12:00pm
December 16, 2008  10am to 12:00pm








The residential sprinkler report comprises facts, information and data related to residential sprinkler systems in one-and two family dwellings. The public forums are intended to receive comments on the draft report and to receive additional factual information that may be considered for the report.


For additional information please contact:

Raymond Andrews, R.A., Assistant Director of Code Development
New York State Department of State

John Mueller, Deputy State Fire Administrator
New York State Department of State


If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled Public Forums, additional information may be submitted via mail or FAX to:

Raymond Andrews, R.A., Assistant Director of Code Development
New York State Department of State
Tel: 518-474-4073
FAX: 518-474-5788

(Submissions must be received by May 19, 2009)



May 4, 2009

(Time: 10am to 1 pm)

Albany, NY


Conference Room 505

NYS Department of State

99 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12231



May 5, 2009
(Time: 10am to 1 pm)

Yorktown Heights, NY


Town Board Room, Town Hall

363 Underhill Ave.

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598


May 12, 2009

(Time: 10am to 1 pm)

Greece, NY


Eastman Room, Town Hall

1 Vince Tofany Blvd.

Greece, NY 14612