Fire News from Around the World
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- Baltimore:, MD: After deadly London fire, Marriott reviewing material used on Harbor East hotel
- Islip, NY: Islip Town fire marshal pleads guilty to coercion charge
- Gravenhurst, ON: Gravenhurst restaurateur drowning in debt to meet fire code requirements
- Nicosia, Cyprus: Fire safeguards stricter than ever before
- London, UK: Silence over whether Grenfell Tower materials passed safety test
- St. Paul, MN: Fire Marshal: Fire deaths up 36 percent since last year
- Oakland, CA: Fire at construction site deepens housing crisis in Oakland
- Houston, TX: Houston Fire Chief Explains How He'll Fix Backlog In Building Inspections
- Panama City Beach, FL: Judge approves search warrant for PCB structures
- Panama City Beach, FL: PCB, rental owner at odds over inspection
- Raleigh, NC: Despite Raleigh's huge fire, high-rises still use wood
- New Bedford, MA: While still reliable, city beginning to update 100-year-old fireboxes
- Techiman, Ghana: Chief appeals for fire hydrants
- Montgomery, AL: New law would make home fire sprinklers systems cheaper
- Lansing, MI: Skubick: State Fire Marshal fiddles while lawmakers burn over fireworks law
- Washington, DC: (Opinion) Don't let a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire happen here
- Corpus Christi, TX: 6 Investigates: Port A developer says city 'turning blind eye' to fire code access issues
- Payson, AZ: Council torches firewise code
- Pittsburgh, PA: Police chief loses lower arm in fireworks accident
- Nashua, NH: One Person Treated, 50-Plus Relocated After Nursing Home Fire
- Abu Dhabi, UAE: Enforcing code key to preventing tragedies
- London, UK: Three Officials Resign Amid Outcry Over Grenfell Tower Fire
- New Carlisle, IN: Will auto shredder near New Carlisle be held accountable for fires?
- Boston, MA: Boston Fire Marshal Questions Whether New Construction Materials Need Further Safety Review
- Tallahassee, FL: Governor Holds Condominiums to 2020 Deadline for Getting Up to Fire Code
Are You Registered 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.
Project Fail-Safe from National Association of State Fire Marshals
Launched by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, the FAIL-SAFE project aims at Factually Analyzing Integrated Layers of Safety Against Fire's Effects.
The project is designed to study the impacts on fire & life safety in structures equipped with multiple layers of both active and passive fire protection features. The goal is to understand how active and passive fire protection features interdepend on one another in providing the level of safety the public and the fire service have come to expect. A series of coordinated research projects will be conducted in an effort to provide quantifiable data to better understand the relationship between multiple layers of fire safety features and occupant survivability. The experiments will also provide critical insight into methods of increasing building and business resiliency when exposed to the effects of a fire event.
Read a report from Worcester Polytechnic Institute: A Literature Review of Sprinkler Trade-offs
Inquiries about the project should be directed to Jon Narva, Director of External Relations, via email or phone: 202-393-7015.
From USFA: Recovery and Adaptation after a Wildfire
Following the loss of homes to wildfire, local governments have a unique opportunity to guide recovery and rebuilding. However, little is known about recovery and adaptation after wildfire, in comparison to other natural hazards.
Colorado recently suffered unprecedented losses from the Front Range wildfires. This article looks at recovery efforts and adaptation opportunities after those fires.
From USFA: Home Fire Safety Education for Parents of Newborns
How much do parents of newborns know about home fire safety and what knowledge might they retain after watching a brief safety video? A research team recently set out to examine changes in home fire safety knowledge and practices over time for parents of newborn children and expecting parents.
Takeaway: Use of the video proved a highly effective way to teach fire safety to parents of newborns as it significantly increased their home fire safety knowledge.
From Vision 2020: Listen How New Orleans Used Data to Increase Smoke Alarm Installations 125%
Hear about how New Orleans Fire Department had been installing smoke alarms in people’s homes for years, but they were looking for a more effective way to do it.
By working in partnership with the city’s Office of Performance and Accountability, they were able to develop a more focused approach using publicly available data. Listen to Chief McConnell and Director Wise explain how they went from installing 8,000 smoke alarms to 18,000 using data.
ICC Code Chat Forums
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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
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
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.