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Fire News from Around the World
- London, UK: UK Insurers Review Premiums on High-Rises After Grenfell Fire
- United Arab Emirates: Experts laud updates to UAE fire safety programmes
- Singapore: Commentary: In high-rise Singapore, take a risk-based approach to fire safety
- Toronto, ON: Tenants will be able to see how their buildings did on fire inspections by end of year
Fire News from the US
- Springfield, IL: Fire investigator: 'Most municipalities don't require regular building inspections'
- Parkersburg, WV: Chiefs Warned Marshal in 2008 About Site of Warehouse Fire
- Marietta, GA: Marietta fire chief announces retirement
- Santa Cruz, CA: Opinion: Letter: Lack of code enforcement by county caused Bear Fire
- San Diego, CA: Searing lessons: how the 2007 wildfires changed San Diego County
- Portland, OR: Portland's fire-prone food carts get little oversight from city
- Chattanooga, TN: Chattanooga exempt from state fire safety guidelines for haunted houses
- Portland, OR: Food Cart Fire In Downtown Portland Sparks Explosions, Damages Cars
- Hempstead, NY: Private girls school eyes return to New Hempstead site when electrical work is done
- Oakland, CA: After North Bay fires, experts say East Bay 'overdue' for intense firestorm
- Hempstead, NY: New Hempstead school's hydrant fails test
- Honolulu, HI: Fire code issues keep school auditorium largely idle despite $15 million upgrade
- Honolulu, HI: Officials can't determine cause of deadly Honolulu high-rise fire that killed 4
Construction Fire Safety Coalition
When five, five-story buildings under construction burned July 23 in Waltham, Massachusetts, it was just the latest of several recent spectacular fires in buildings under construction.
In 2017 alone, major construction fires ruined projects in Philadelphia, Lynwood, Washington, Maplewood, New Jersey, Overland Park, Kansas, College Park, Maryland and East Hollywood, California. Losses run into the millions of dollars and projects are delayed by a year or more.
To address the problem and bring public safety into focus, several global and national organizations have joined to create the Coalition for Construction Fire Safety. Founded by the American Wood Council (www.awc.org), current members include the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association, National Association of Home Builders and the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Other groups representing construction and building materials interests are expected to sign on soon. Membership is free and open to anyone or organization that is interested in addressing this challenge. To join, contact Ken Bland at the American Wood Council: email@example.com .
The Coalition collects information on these major events, analyzes their causes and consequences and is developing strategies to reduce the number and severity of fires. To address the immediate needs, the Coalition delivered a webinar for more than 600 design professionals and code officials that highlighted recent significant fires and explain how fire codes and standards are intended to prevent them. The program is now available as a free E-course with ICC continuing education credits at BCD 235 - Fire Protection During Construction
Additional information and fire protection resources are available at Construction Fire Safety Practices.
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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 2018 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
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, (Eastern Division) NY
Jackie Gibbs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), GA
James Maxon, International Association of Fire Chiefs, (Southwestern Division) NM
Randy Metz, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division), CA
Joe McElvaney, Phoenix Fire Department, AZ
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, TX
Christine Reed, Central County Fire Department, CA
Marc Sampson, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Adolf Zubia, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Robert Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations
Stuart Tom, ICC Board of Directors
Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.