All residential units at the new Badger Mountain South development located in Richland, Washington will be equipped with fire sprinklers. A total of 5000 residential units will be built; comprising of 3000 single family and 2000 multi-family homes on 850 acres, estimated to serve a population of 14,670.
According to Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Kurt R Hubele of the Richland Fire and Emergency Services the location is distant from any staffed fire station and the layout incorporates “skinny streets” for most of the community. To offset this - and as part of the plan approval process - the developer agreed to install fire sprinklers in all homes.
The plan for Badger Mountain South describes the development as a “walkable and sustainable community…intended to foster neighborhoods that are unique to the community and that provide a high quality and healthy living environment…that looks to the long-term social and environmental health of the community.” Installing fire sprinklers in all homes will protect lives and property and ensure sustainability, because fire sprinklers also protect the environment.
Chief Hubele said construction has already started and hopes that “this example of fire protection in residences will educate developers, builders and political leaders in our area.”
For more information contact Fire Sprinkler Specialist Jeff Hudson.
Visit the Colorado Fire Sprinkler Coalition website.