A report is headed to City Council about the role home sprinklers should play in new developments in the city.
The Calgary Fire Department is behind the proposal that will include independent consultants.
Fire Chief Steve Dongworth said they will be able to look at a real case study in Livingston, a neighborhood north of Stoney Trail which is an all sprinkler community.
“A real case study as opposed to a speculative one of the impact of sprinklers.” Dongworth said. “There is no question we should see virtually no fire deaths, no fire injuries, we should see much less fire loss without question, much less impact on the environment.”
Dongworth adds he would like to see sprinklers in all homes across Calgary.
“Residential sprinklers are truly the best thing you can have in your home so I am absolutely an advocate for them.” Dongworth said. “They are the next huge step forward in fire safety, smoke alarms let you know you got a fire, sprinklers actually start to tackle that fire.”
He adds the challenge is funds aren’t necessarily there right now but one of the largest investments that needs to be made the soonest in development is fire service.
The report will first go to the Planning of Urban Development Committee and then to City Council in March.
Edit: The Calgary Fire Department adds residential sprinklers are only effective within specific areas, adding:
“Over 40 per cent of fires start outside areas serviced by sprinklers. In addition, with fire stations strategically located within communities, firefighters are often first to arrive on scene to provide highest amount of care to customers in the shortest amount of time.”