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Cheatham County Becomes First County in the

State of Tennessee to Adopt County-Wide

Residential Fire Sprinkler Legislation


Vickie Pritchett, FTT / FTUSA  - 8-21-2006

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L to R:  Chuck Walker (Ashland City Fire Chief), Vickie Pritchett (FTT/FTUSA),  Emmett Turner (TN State Fire Marshal's Office),Wayne Waggoner (NFSA), and Carl Cutrell (Nashville Sprinkler).

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Cheatham County, Tennessee became the first county out of 95 to adopt a Zero Square Foot Fire Sprinkler Resolution on Monday, August 21, 2006.  The County Commission voted unanimously (12-0) to adopt the legislation which will require homes built in subdivisions over 3 lots to have residential fire sprinklers and ALL commercial buildings will be sprinklered. This legislation is designed to protect those who live in Cheatham County from bearing the burden of growth and those who move here from the same as well as save their life from fire.

 State Fire Marshal, Emmett Turner was on hand for the passage of the legislation and applauded county leaders for having the vision and leadership to enact such a law.

 “I am so proud of Cheatham County, Tennessee and its elected officials,” explained Chief Turner. “This is a positive step, and more counties need to join Cheatham County in order to reduce the loss of life to fire in our volunteer state. We can change the tragic statistics and the fire death rate across the state.”

 The towns of Pleasant View, Ashland City, and Kingston Springs already have local sprinkler ordinances, with the Town of Pegram slated to consider the legislation next month.

 The legislation came out of the Cheatham County Planning Commission and has the support of area fire departments and their personnel, along with County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS) officials across the state.  Kevin Lauer worked with county officials on the county-wide legislation.

 “Fire protection is expected from citizens and greatly impacts the quality of life in an area,” says Lauer. “Being proactive and making decisions that create the non-typical fire department and plan are huge steps in planning for growth and trying to off-set tax demands placed on communities as a result of growth.” 

“Any time we can prevent fire from happening, or intervene in the early stages is a good thing,” says Chief Chuck Walker of the Ashland City Fire Department. “Sprinklers save lives and protect property—it’s like having a firefighter built into every room of your house.”

 “This has taken years for use to research and plan for such legislation,” added County Mayor Bill Orange. “I am glad that we have taken such steps in protecting those who build new homes in Cheatham County. This also has a huge impact on our future tax demands. With sprinklers, fire protection is built in and we can focus on emergency services.”

 The legislation does not affect current residents or those that may build on to their existing house. It also only affects subdivisions with more than 3 lots.

 For more information about fire sprinklers, contact Chief Derek Noe at the Ashland City Fire Department at 615-792-4211 or Chief PJ Duncan at the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department at 615-746-8528.







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