TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — We are one step away from making firefighters a little bit safer in Indiana.
As we previously reported, certain building materials are burning and collapsing faster than others.
A bill headed to the governor's desk requires people applying for building permits to disclose the use of those materials.
That information would be given to 911 dispatchers to relay to firefighters.
Purdue Fire Chief Kevin Ply likes that portion of the bill but he worries about the part forbidding municipalities to require residential sprinkler systems.
He said it's similar to when firefighters fought to require smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
"It took years for us to get legislation passed to require those life safety devices," said Ply. "We feel like it will probably take us years to get this changed."
Ply said he's speaking as a board member of the Indiana Fire Chief's Association. That group opposed the bill because of the sprinkler issue.
Ply said sprinklers make people 80 percent safer.
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