WPR News
9:13 pm
Mon March 7, 2005

Wyoming Among Just Handful to Require Sprinkler Systems

Cheyenne, WY – It's been less then a year since a dormitory fire at Northwest College in Powell, and money is now on the way to prevent a similar occurrence. The budget bill signed by the Governor provides $5 Million to install fire sprinkler systems at every residence hall at the University of Wyoming and at the state's community colleges. Brad Carroll with the State Fire Marshall's Office says the process will be a little quicker at the community colleges, and should be done by the start of the fall semester. He says the University of Wyoming retrofitting will be phased-in over 2-3 years. Current building codes require such sprinkler systems for new residence halls. But Wyoming is one of just five states that require sprinklers in existing buildings as well. Through the national organization, Center for Campus Safety, Carroll says they are encouraging other states to take similar measures.