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Fire News from Around the World
- Toronto, ON: City shuts down public events at Hearn Generating Station over fire code breaches
- United Arab Emirates: Plan to introduce fire-resistant barriers on older UAE buildings being studied
- Valenzuela City, Philippines: Trial to proceed for fire officials over Kentex tragedy that killed 74
- Vancouver, BC: Vancouver woman raises alarm over lack of fire sprinklers at BC Housing apartment building
Fire News from the US
- Little Rock, AR: Judge says code implied in lease
- Dover, DE: Code Purple battles bureaucrats: Group says Dover's rigid code enforcement harms mission to aid homeless
- Oakland, CA: Not arson? ATF releases cause of Oakland apartment complex construction site fire
- Atlanta, GA: ICC Board President Wins Award
- Waltham, MA: Analyzing Safety After 10-Alarm Fire Ruled Arson
- Nashville, TN: Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office receives National Life Safety Award
- Austin, TX: 560 free smoke alarms available for Austin Fire study
- State College, PA: Local High-Rise Safety Addressed in Wake of London Fire
- Sunman, IN: 16 People Displaced After Apartment Building Code Violations Discovered
- Payson, AZ: New Council Revisits WUI Code Elements
- Honolulu, HI (Opinion): Marco Polo Fire: Taxpayers Should Help Pay For High-Rise Sprinklers
- North Bergen, NJ: Landlord, worker sued for $5M over massive “hot work” furniture store fire
- Boston, MA: Fire-Inspired Regulation Of Wood-Frame Construction Could Stunt Affordable Housing's Growth
- Richmond, VA: This is the reason there have been so many fires lately in Richmond restaurants
- MarketWatch (Opinion): Grenfell Tower is a lesson in the dangers of rolling back regulation
- New Jersey (Opinion): Editorial: Stop stalling on fire code reform
Register Now for ICC Annual Meeting in Columbus September 10-13
The 2017 International Code Council Annual Conference offers a comprehensive Education Program to develop your code knowledge, provide you with valuable solutions to your most critical challenges in the code profession, and allow you to earn continuing education and learning units.
This year’s conference provides education programs for building safety professionals at all levels of experience. Don’t miss these opportunities to earn CEUs and LUs during this year's extended schedule. Class materials will be available for download in August. See the class schedules.
Education sessions take place Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. Education sessions will be on a first-come first-serve basis, be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat. Scott Adams, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal (ret.) from Park City Fire District, Utah and ICC Vice President for National Fire Service Activities Rob Neale will deliver a three-hour class on International Fire Code requirements for high-piled storage.
This year all session handouts will be available by downloadable format only. Hard copies of the session handouts will not be available. Participants can either download the handouts to their electronic devices or print the handouts and bring them to their scheduled sessions.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 inform and fire protection resources are available at Construction Fire Safety Practices
Latest Vision 20/20 Podcasts
In the latest episode of CRR Radio, Jon Jay explains how to use data to predict fires. Using easily-available data sources, he tells us about his work in Baton Rouge and Boston that was able to dramatically improve the accuracy of predicting homes that are at risk from 20% by using random canvassing to 71%.
Nathan Armentrout explains his device, CASPER, that detects fires in vacant houses and sends out an alarm via the cloud. This came out of a hackathon that was held by the city of Louisville to see what the maker community could come up with for solutions to the significant problem of fires in vacant houses that were spreading to adjacent occupied homes.
In addition to listening to the podcast, you can download a transcript as well. Check it out at www.strategicfire.org/CrrRadio.
ICC Code Chat Forums
Want to comment on the latest Fire Service Membership Council news and discuss related fire service activities? Visit ICC's discussion forums today!
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
Fulton Cochran, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
Sean DeCrane, Underwriters Laboratories, OH
Michael Desrochers, Vermont Fire Marshal's Office
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Joseph Fahd, Cohoes Fire Department, NY
Jackie Gibbs, Marietta Fire Department, GA
James Maxon, Sandoval County Fire Department, NM
Randy Metz, Carlsbad Fire Department, CA
Rick McCullough, Regina Fire Department, SK (Ret.)
George Michehl, Buffalo Grove Fire Department, IL (Ret.)
Kelly Nicolello, Underwriters Laboratories, TX
Marc Sampson,Longmont Fire Department, CO
Adolf Zubia, A to Z Consultants, NM
Rob Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations
Jim Brown, ICC Board of Directors
Building Official Membership Council Liaison
Mike Nugent, Rock Hill, SC
Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.