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Fire Sprinkler Advocate of 2007

Thursday

DALLAS — The American Fire Sprinkler Association has selected Congressman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) as its Fire Sprinkler Advocate of 2007 in recognition of his leadership in promoting fire and life safety through the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2007, H.R. 1742. During a special presentation on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 5, 2007, the Democrat from Rhode Island received AFSA's Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year Award for his efforts to protect lives and property by reintroducing the bill in the House March 28 of this year.

"I am honored and humbled to receive this award," said Langevin. "It certainly never crossed my mind that I would receive any recognition for this effort. I simply saw a need in the wake of a tragic event in my home state and sought to fix it the best way I knew how – with legislation."

Rep. Langevin, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science, and Technology, is a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest caucus in Congress. Sixteen industry groups including the American Fire Sprinkler Association and all 45 members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee, which includes all major National Fire Service organizations, support the bill.

The Fire Sprinkler Advocate Award was presented by AFSA Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Legislative Committee Larry Thibodeau and AFSA President Steve Muncy.

Muncy noted that Langevin is serious about the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act.

"The Station nightclub fire [that left 100 dead and more than 200 people injured in West Warwick, R.I. on Feb. 20, 2003] heightened the awareness of fire issues for many people, and Rep. Langevin immediately understood the role that fire sprinklers could have played in saving lives," Muncy said. "He is deeply committed to seeing this legislation passed and is working hard to achieve that goal."

The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2007 amends the Internal Revenue Code to provide for accelerated depreciation of five years for automatic fire sprinkler systems installed in existing occupancies, as opposed to the current 27.5- or 39-year period for installations in residential, rental, and non-residential real property. The bi-partisan legislation aims to amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide an incentive to business owners for retrofitting existing buildings with sprinklers. Specifically, this legislation will reduce the tax depreciation time for retrofitting sprinklers in nonresidential real property from 39 years to only five. H.R. 1742 is companion legislation to Senate Bill 582.

The 43-year-old Congressman commented, "I am hopeful that this recognition will help to raise an awareness of the work that still needs to be done. This legislation needs to pass if we, as a nation, are going to try to save more lives."

Langevin urged everyone to write their representative asking for their support of this legislation and thanking them if they have already pledged their support of the legislation.

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