House Passes Fire Prevention Bill With NBFAA-Drafted Language


The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) is hailing the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill that promotes the professional installation of fire prevention technologies in university buildings.

Passed by the House of Representatives on Feb. 7, H.R. 4460 was introduced last year and included language from H.R. 1409, the College Life Safety and Fire Prevention Act, introduced by Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.

NBFAA began working with Rep. Fossella in 2006 to draft language that would establish a demonstration incentive program within the U.S. Department of Education to promote the professional installation of fire alarm detection systems, or other fire prevention technologies in qualified student housing, dormitories, and other university buildings. H.R 1409 later died in the Senate.

“NBFAA members are committed to this fight to save lives from fire-related deaths, and we will continue to work with our elected officials to support legislation that provides for greater protection of life and property,” says NBFAA President George Gunning. “For two years, we’ve been fighting the battle to educate lawmakers and interested parties about the value of fire detection plus suppression. The passage of the House bill with this vital language included is a major victory in our efforts to have an impact on the safety of students and others who live and work in colleges and universities.”

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