New York State debates sprinkler fitter licensing legislation

M & S Fire Protection Owner Jamie Seymour joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss New York Senate Bill 6761, which would create licensing requirements for the installment of fire sprinkler systems in the state of New York.

M&S Fire Protection is a disabled, veteran-owned and locally operated business in Syracuse, N.Y. Seymour is both a signatory contractor and a member of UA Local 669.

People need a license to cut hair, but surprisingly do not yet need one to install fire suppression systems in the state of New York, Seymour said. New York is one of five states in the nation that does not have sprinkler fitting licensing requirements. If passed, the law would establish minimum standards for licensure of water-based fire protection system installation, servicing, repairing, inspecting, testing and maintenance in New York.

The data is clear — if well-trained individuals install these systems, there will be fewer fatalities, Seymour said. Unlike plumbing systems, no one knows if a sprinkler system has been improperly installed until it is too late, he added.

Seymour also discussed the importance of fire protection and how his company provides fire protection services using disabled veterans. He also talked about how the infrastructure bill will affect his organization.

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