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Fire Service Membership Council and higher education coalition support Federal HR 4405, Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act.  The Center for Campus Fire Safety, Campus Firewatch, Campus Fire Safety Com LLC and the Fire Service Membership Council of the International Code Council on November 28 sent Congress a letter of support for this legislation that will save lives and protect property.

This bill amends Title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to modify fire safety reporting requirements for an institution of higher education (IHE) that participates in federal student aid programs.

Specifically, it requires an IHE that maintains on-campus student housing facilities to notify students about whether a housing facility is equipped with a fire safety system, including an automatic fire sprinkler system in each bedroom. Only minor administrative costs in reporting changes are required. 

The bill currently is in the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

ICC Government Relations Embraces Online Legislative-Action Tracker.  The ICC Government Relations Department in Washington, DC and its eight regional representatives have signed on to the data analytics platform FiscalNote ( to better track Federal and State laws and regulations that affect the I-Codes.

The web-based tool allows Government Relations staff to search on key words to track bills and regulations of critical interest to ICC and the fire service.  Since the product runs in real time, Government Relations staff can get up-to-the minute status reports on important issues such as residential sprinklers, fire code adoptions and hazardous materials.  This timeliness enables ICC to contact ICC fire service chapters and other interested persons to gauge their interest and concern about the proposals.

On the day its ICC launch, FiscalNote identified a Texas fire sprinkler contractor registration bill that could have affected ICC efforts in the state, and ICC Government Relations staff were able to immediately submit a friendly amendment to the bill.

Free Vision 20/20 Community Risk Reduction Resource Guide. Vision 20/20 has developed resources to help you with your Community Risk Reduction planning. CRR is a process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence and impact. Typically, Community Risk Reduction programs use a six-step approach towards development.

An online Community Risk Assessment Guide (also available as a  PDF) to help fire departments and other organizations to conduct a basic or more complex assessment of risks within their community. Ultimately, the results of the risk assessment can be used to develop a CRR plan. These are the first two steps of the six-step process

The Community Risk Reduction Planning Guide takes you through the remaining four steps of the CRR planning process.

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Are you registered to vote online with cdpACCESS?

The next generation of building and fire safety codes will be decided through online voting. The International Code Council’s new cdpACCESS empowers you to vote on these 2018 Group A Codes, even if you can't attend the code hearings.

But first, you must be an ICC Voting Member before March 20th to vote online. Registration for 2015 starts January 1.

     Is your department is an ICC Governmental Member and signed up to vote online?

     Are your department's list of "Designated Voting Representatives" current? (This list must be completed annually because it maintains your voting eligibility.)

For more information, you may contact your state’s ICC Government Relations Representative.

You may also email Governing Committee Members of the ICC Fire Service Membership Council, listed below.

Governing Committee of the ICC Fire Service Membership Council

Scott Adams, Chair, Park City Fire Service District, UT
Gary West, Vice Chair, National Association of State Fire Marshals, TN

Fulton Cochran, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Sean DeCrane, International Association of Fire Fighters, OH
Michael Desrochers, National Association of State Fire Marshals, VT
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Joseph Fahd, International Association of Fire Chiefs, NY
Jackie Gibbs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), GA
Tonya Hoover, Retired
James Maxon, International Association of Fire Chiefs, NM
Rick McCullough, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Canadian Division), Canada
George Michehl, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Great Lakes Division), IL
Kelly Nicolello, National Association of State Fire Marshals, AK
Marc Sampson, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Michael Sinsigalli, International Associateion of Fire Chiefs (New England Division), CT
Adolf Zubia, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV

Staff Liaison
Robert Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations

Board Liaison
Jim Brown, ICC Board of Directors

Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.