The Fire Service Membership Council is a forum 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.

As a policy advisory group, the Fire Service Membership Council has supported important pieces of proposed federal legislation:

• Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act
• Campus Fire Safety Education Act of 2017
• Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
• Nicholas and Zachary Burt Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act.

The Council works to build relationships with other ICC Councils, especially the Building Official Membership Council with which it shares liaisons and has twice yearly joint dinners to have face-to-face opportunities to understand each other’s’ issues.

Membership Requirements
Membership in the Council 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.

The Governing Committee may make recommendations to the ICC Board of Directors to include additional organizations as closely aligned with ICC.


Next Fire Service Membership Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Fire Service Membership Council -- the fire service's policy advisory group to the ICC -- is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. EDT using Microsoft Teams. Follow this link to join the meeting in Microsoft Teams. All FSMC Members and other interested parties are invited to participate.

If you would like to be added to the agenda or mailing list for all meetings and FSMC information, please contact Karl Fippinger at

For past meeting minutes, scroll to the bottom of this page and select "View Committee Documents." Thank you for your interest.

Code Council Draws Attention to Fire and Emergency Services Personnel Needs During Response to COVID-19

Fire and emergency services personnel across the country are on the front lines working to combat the spread of COVID-19. The International Code Council and its Fire Service Membership Council recently joined other signatories on a letter to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, chair of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, and the administration to draw attention to the essential requirements of America's fire and emergency services personnel in fighting the pandemic as safely and effectively as possible. Read more.

UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinklers

UL has issued a statement about fire sprinklers bearing counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if they comply with any safety requirements. Although the fire sprinklers are marked with the name “GLOBE”, the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by the Globe Fire Sprinkler Company. More from UL here: UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinklers (Release 20PN-01).

Congressional Fire Services Institute Joint National Advisory Committee Resolutions Approved

The International Code Council joined the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs to address the issue of preventing wildfires by sponsoring a joint resolution on wildland fires through the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee. The Code Council also introduced a separate resolution expressing support for using the latest codes and standards in the design and construction of federally supported infrastructure investments. The Code Council was joined by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of State Fire Marshals and the National Volunteer Fire Council in sponsoring the resolution. Both resolutions were approved on April 26, 2019, at the CFSI National Advisory Committee meeting and were subsequently approved by the CFSI Board of Directors. More details here: Congressional Fire Services Institute Joint NAC Resolutions Approved

Three-Year Code Adoption Cycle

Some organizations have been pushing state legislatures to lengthen the code adoption cycle from three to six or even nine years. The Coalition for Current Safety Codes (founded by ICC, the National Fire Protection Association and National Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association) mobilizes about 250 other organizations to support the three-year code cycle. Any person or organization is welcome to be a member.

ICC has model resolutions supporting the three-year cycle. Contact to obtain one for  your organization.

FSMC News Archive »

The Innovation in Code Administration Award

The International Code Council Government Relations Innovation in Code Administration Awards Program recognizes fire and building organizations for innovation in the delivery of code administration services in their communities.

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Gary WestChair, National Association of State Fire Marshals, TN
Randy Metz, Vice-Chair, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division), CA

Bryan Adams, Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District, OH
Rick Boisvert, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Great Lakes Division), MI
Robert Buxton, International Association of Fire Chiefs (New England Division), NH
Tim Cowan, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Eastern Division), NY
Michael Desrochers, National Association of State Fire Marshals, VT
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Kevin Gallagher, Acushnet Fire & EMS, MA
Kara Gerczynski, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Andy King, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), TN
Kelly Nicolello, National Association of State Fire Marshals, TX
Coy PorterNational Association of State Fire Marshals, UT
Christine Reed, Central County Fire Department, CA
Brian Sloat, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southwestern Division), AR
Steve Swarthout, Riverside County Fire Department, CA
Mark Wassom, City of Olathe, KS

Staff Liaison
Karl Fippinger, ICC Vice President, Government Relations - Fire and Disaster Mitigation

Board Liaison
Angie Wiese, ICC Board of Directors

Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.