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 Poising 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, January 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The meeting is a regularly scheduled  monthly teleconference meeting for the Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee. Dial in to the teleconference at 1-844-740-1264 (US toll free) with the access code 93730067. All FSMC Members and others interested in the FSMC are invited to participate.

If you would like to be added to the agenda or mailing list for all meetings, please contact the Council liaison Dave Nichols at .

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

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.

We have model resolutions supporting the three-year cycle. Contact to obtain one for  your organization. The Congressional Fire Services Institute adopted the resolution as its primary endorsement for 2016-2017.

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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.

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.

Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVRs) must have been validated by September 24th for the Public Comment Hearing (PCH) voting.

This year, Governmental  Member Voting Representatives must have been validated by September 24th in order to fully participate in the Public Comment Hearings, October 24-31 in Richmond, Virginia. The next step following the PCH in Richmond is the Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV) scheduled for November 15-30.

Visit the International Code Council’s Electronic Voter Validation Site for the status of your GMVRs and to to prepare for the Group B code development voting. Primary Representatives of current Governmental Members can click here to login and validate your Governmental Member Voting Representatives.

Remember, Governmental Member Voting Representatives must be validated each year.

     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, check out the Government Relations webpage for exciting videos, a staff directory to help you find your representative, and tool-kits on code adoption.

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

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

Robert Buxton, International Association of Fire Chiefs (New England Division), NH
Fulton Cochran
, Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department, NV
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
Kara Gerczynski, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Andy King, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), TN
James Maxon, International Association of Fire Chiefs, (Southwestern Division) NM
Joe McElvaney, Phoenix Fire Department, AZ
Kelly Nicolello, National Association of State Fire Marshals, TX
Coy PorterNational Association of State Fire Marshals, UT
Christine Reed, Central County Fire Department, CA
Steve Swarthout, Riverside County Fire Department, CA
Adolf Zubia, A to Z Consulting, Las Cruces, NM

Staff Liaison
Karl Fippinger, ICC Vice President of Fire and Disaster Mitigation

Board Liaison
Angie Wiese, ICC Board of Directors

Questions on the Council? Contact Karla Higgs.