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ICC Announces New Award for Innovation in Code Administration. The International Code Council (ICC), has announced the creation of a new honor to acknowledge public safety creativity in the built environment: the ICC Government Relations Innovation in Code Administration Award.

In announcing the award, Dominic Sims, ICC Chief Executive Officer, said it recognizes fire departments and building departments for innovation in the delivery of code administration services in their communities. The award program is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs-Fire and Life Safety Section, the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the Government Relations Division of the International Code Council.

“Code enforcement is one of the five pillars of community risk reduction: education, enforcement, engineering, economic incentives and emergency response,” said ICC President M. Dwayne Garriss, Georgia state fire marshal.

“Fire and building departments across the country are developing new and innovative approaches to deliver code administration services as part of community risk reduction. These tools and techniques should be shared — and honored — to help reduce risk from death, injury, fires and other natural or man-made disasters.”

Organizations eligible for the award must be a building or fire code organization that provides code administration services to one or more jurisdictions.  This may include fire departments, fire marshal’s offices or building departments charged with code administration.

The organization must have implemented a unique practice to enhance building or fire code administration services in the community. The practice should have resulted in a positive impact on public and firefighter safety, measurable reduction in deaths, injuries or property damage, and/or the quality, effectiveness or efficiency of code administration services. An organization can nominate itself; individuals are not eligible for this award.

Such recognition is long overdue, said Park City, Utah, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Scott Adams, Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee Chairman. “Building officials and fire marshals work hard to protect public safety and provide citizens good service,” he said. “They should be acknowledged for their work.

Jefferson County, Colorado, Building Official Becky Baker, chair of the Building Official Membership Council, agreed.  “Nearly every jurisdiction that has codes has some creative idea that can be shared with others to improve the level of building safety and make the workforce more effective,” she said. “We hope sharing these ideas will support the process of continuous improvement.”

The deadline to submit applications for the annual award is March 3. Applications must be submitted to the International Code Council, Government Relations, 500 New Jersey Ave. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C., 20001 or by fax to 202-783-2348.

Applications will be reviewed by a team from the ICC’s Fire Service and Building Official membership councils that provide overarching policy guidance to the Code Council on emerging issues and trends.

Recipients of the annual award will be honored in May during the ICC-sponsored Building Safety Month and at the annual Building Safety Month Reception held in Washington, D.C.

Questions about the award criteria or application process should be submitted to Rob Neale, ICC vice president for Government Relations at 1-888-422-7233, ext. 6256, or by email at

Fire Protection Icon Dr. Harry E. Hickey Dies. The fire community lost a beloved individual January 30, 2017:  Dr. Harry E. Hickey, a former University of Maryland fire protection engineering professor, passed after a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Dr. Hickey served in multiple key roles in fire protection and the fire service during his life.  His active fire services career spanned 52 years – 20 years in the career service and 32 years in the volunteer service.  His distinguished journey in fire protection disciplines include joining the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) as the second full-time faculty member in 1960, retiring after 25 years of service in 1985.

For several decades he served as deputy fire coordinator, Wyoming County, NY, Bureau of Fire, which required many trips from Maryland to New York to fulfill.  He spent most of his adult life analyzing the key components of good fire protection and working closely with the Insurance Services Office’s Public Protection Classification program (overseen today by Verisk Analytics) that assists the fire insurance industry establish premium rates.

He wrote many books and articles, plus it was his pioneering concepts that lead to the creation of the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC), a national fire-related archival initiative in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to preserve the written history of fire protection and the fire services in America.

Dr. Hickey was the author of the following text books:

  • “Hydraulics for Fire Protection”
  • “Public Fire Safety Organization: A Systems Approach”
  • “Fire Suppression Rating Schedule Handbook”
  • “Water Supply Systems and Evaluation Methods:  Water Supply Evaluation Methods,’ (Volumes I and II)
  • “The Impact of Building Code Criteria and Emergency Preparedness Criteria on Water Demand Requirements to Fire Protection”

The Dr. Harry E. Hickey Scholarship Endowment was established in July 2009 by alumni of the four-year academic program, his friends and former students.  Income from the Scholarship Endowment provides annual FPE scholarships in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park.  An important component of the FPE curriculum, the Fire Suppression Research Laboratory is named in his honor.  Upon retiring, he served as Director of Fire Protection and Fire Chief at the Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County, Maryland.

Dr. Hickey is survived by his wife, five children, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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.

 Using the Vision 20/20 Fire Safety Materials Generator you can now generate social media messages for Facebook and Twitter!

Using photographs in your posts and tweets dramatically increases their visibility, and you can couple these with the vetted fire safety messages that have been developed by a team of experts from across the nation. These are now available, so stop on by and check them out!

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
Randy Metz, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division)
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.