Fire News from Around the World
- Lexington, KY: Keven Moore: Haunted houses throw a scare into a risk management and safety professional
- Camp Verde, AZ: Fire flow to be revisited by Camp Verde council
- Utica, NY: Homeowner in Dudley Avenue fire pleads guilty to codes violations
- Baltimore, MD: Popular haunted attraction 'Bennett's Curse' may not open for Halloween
- Portland, ME: Fire codes emerge as key in Portland landlord's manslaughter trial
- Portland, ME: Landlord in Fire That Killed 6 Faces Manslaughter Trial
- Dothan, AL: Reducing fire fatalities: Alabama tops country, but Dothan's rate remains low
- South Coatesville, PA: SHATTERED GLASS: A Chester County female fire marshal's story
- Kokomo, IN: Light House Mission: Sprinklers, alarms weren't working
- Kennewick, WA: City council proposes loosening up penalties for businesses breaking fire codes
- Huntington, WV: WSAZ Investigates: Delayed response times for fire alarms at Marshall University
- Dallas: Artists and Patrons Wore Hazmat Suits to Beefhaus Gallery, Mocking the Fire Marshal
- Makati, Philippines: Mayor padlocks 58 Makati firms
- Mosheim, TN: Town Of Mosheim Fire Department Recognized By State Fire Marshals
- Los Angeles: Ousted LA fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors
- Miami, FL: Epic condo association sues developer, architect and subcontractors over fire safety system
- New York, NY: Lawmakers Call For Banning Airbnb From Listing Illegal Housing
- United States: National fire safety group focuses on unique issues of marijuana businesses
- Huber Heights, OH: Batteries catch fire near chlorine gas canisters
- London, England: Think Concrete is Stronger than Wood? This London Pavilion Wants to Prove You Wrong
- Bangor, ME: Bangor firefighters, American Red Cross install free fire alarms
- Kochi, India: Cinema halls at mall function without fire safety clearance
- Boston, MA: Massachusetts High Court Rules on Residential Sprinkler Law in Renovations
- Hamilton, ON: May 24, 1944: Hamilton's deadliest fire claims 10 lives
- Lansing, MI: Despite older houses and safety concerns, students enjoy off-campus housing
- Camp Verde, AZ: Camp Verde fire flow zoning: Is it unfair now or unsafe in future?
- United Arab Emirates: Independent inspections key to preventing tower fires in UAE, say experts
- Mandeville, LA: Mandeville City Council to meet on Port Marigny -- but where?
- Mandeville, LA: Mandeville residents angered as fire code limits attendance at meetings
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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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The Fire Service Membership Council is your portal to influence International Code Council policies.
According to its charter, the “purpose of the Council shall be to advocate for concerns and issues that are of particular interest to the fire service, to assist ICC in increasing participation of such individuals in the ICC Code development process, and to advise ICC on programs and policies, legislative matters, code adoption issues and such other matters as the Council deems appropriate.”
Currently, the Fire Service Membership Council has 412 members. Council membership is open to any individual who wishes to affiliate with the Fire Service Membership Council and is a member of the International Code Council (ICC), an ICC Governmental Member Voting Representative, or employed by a jurisdiction or corporate member of ICC or a member in good standing of a closely aligned organization as approved by the ICC Board of Directors. All you have to do to join is click the link below.
IFE-USA Branch Vision 20/20 awarded FEMA grant focusing on smoke alarms and Community Risk Reduction
The Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch’s Vision 20/20 project was awarded a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant focusing on gaining a better understanding on the use of smoke alarms in the home, increasing their use and expanding the integration of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) in communities across the country.
Through this grant, Vision 20/20 will continue to promote an integrated approach to CRR into fire department operations by updating it’s Fire Fighter Recruit Training CRR curriculum, its Model Evaluation Measures Training and develop an Expert Network Academy to support CRR efforts. A national summit of CRR leaders will be convened and Vision 20/20 will expand its ongoing partnership with seven high-risk states (Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia) to help institutionalize CRR and reduce the impact of fire. In partnership with the Motorola Solutions Foundation, Vision 20/20 will deliver a series of CRR training in eight locations across the nation, expanding its cadre of CRR instructors.
“An integrated approach to community risk reduction is a proven strategy that combines all the tools we have to improve public safety and create an outcome based orientation for the fire service. It makes communities measurably safer from not only fire, but many other risks,” said Vision 20/20 Project Manager Jim Crawford. “By making it a part of the fire service culture, we can see measurable results, now and for the future.”
Vision 20/20 will also expand the offerings of its groundbreaking Fire Safety Materials Generator with materials and messages for use in rental properties. The Fire Safety Materials Generator is a free online tool where fire departments can create customized materials, such as door hangers or flyers, using tested fire safety messaging.
In partnership with Johns Hopkins University Center for Injury Prevention and Policy, this grant will provide additional information on the performance of smoke alarms in the field, aiding collective efforts to assure that more homes have an adequate number of working smoke alarms.
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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
Robert Barnet, International Association of Fire Fighters (Southwest Division), LA
Fulton Cochran, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Sean DeCrane, International Association of Fire Fighters, OH
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Jackie Gibbs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), GA
Rick McCullough, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Canadian Division), Canada
George Michehl, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Great Lakes Division), IL
Richard Miller, National Association of State Fire Marshals, MI
Ernie Misewicz, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division), AK
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
Jim Yates, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Eastern Division), NJ
Adolf Zubia, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Robert Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations
Jim Brown, ICC Board of Directors
Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.