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Important legislation at stake, validate your vote before September 19

Earlier this year, International Code Council (ICC) members voted down a proposal to place the requirement to sprinkler new, one- and two-family homes into the annex of the 2018 edition of ICC’s International Residential Code (IRC). However, public comments on this proposal have been submitted and will be heard at ICC public comment hearings in October. ICC’s governmental voting members will get the chance to vote on keeping this requirement intact.


What’s at Stake?


The future of home fire safety in America hinges on winning this vote. Home fire sprinklers represent our best chance of striking at the heart of America’s fire problem, since they reduce the risk of dying in home fires by an astounding 80 percent. Sprinkler requirements have made it into the 2009, 2012, and 2015 editions of the IRC. Placing this requirement into the code’s annex—thereby making it an option for states and local municipalities—would be a huge setback for home fire safety.


Take Action Today


ICC primary representatives must validate their governmental member voting representatives by Sept. 19to vote at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting public comment hearings, or the online governmental consensus vote that follows the hearings. The electronic voter validation site will remain open through Sept. 19. Please make sure your state’s governmental voting representatives are validated by this crucial date and vote in support of safer homes.


Please contact NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative team with any questions.

Red Cross Fire Prevention Campaign

One Year of Working Together to Make America Safer from Home Fires
A major milestone is just around the corner for the Home Fire Campaign. October will mark one year since the campaign launched in 2014. Over the course of this first year, the Red Cross has partnered with more the 1,900 organizations nationally and locally to bring fire safety education and working smoke alarms to homes around the country. Working together, we have installed more than 125,000 smoke alarms and helped to prepare more than 63,000 households. Most importantly, 26 lives have been saved so far as a result of the fire safety education and working smoke alarms provided by the campaign.  
Campaign Goal and Cornerstones

GOAL: 25% reduction in home fire deaths and injuries over the next five years

■ Door-to-door installation of smoke alarms and completion of a fire safety checklist and escape plan in vulnerable neighborhoods
■ Engagement of youth in classrooms and after school with technology, challenges, and science-based education
■ Marketing and public relations campaign to motivate people to take action to save themselves, their families and their neighbors by checking smoke alarms and practicing home evacuations

 The campaign’s impact since it began:

26 documented lives saved; 63,000+ households prepared; 125,000+ smoke alarms installed; 51,500+ fire escape plans made; 311,000+ youth reached; 1,100+ local organizations involved

 To read the entire news article click here

fire prevention campaign

Fire Service Membership Council

Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee will be meeting

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m. CDT
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. (approx.)

The International Code Council Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee will host its semi-annual business meeting at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S 4th St, Louisville, Room TBA on Saturday April 16, 2016, from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, April 17, the meeting will continue immediately following the Joint Membership Council Meeting that starts at 8:00 a.m.

All members of the Fire Service Membership Council are invited to participate.

You can join the meeting via toll-free teleconference by dialing 1-800-910-8278 and entering ID 8432131 #. If you dial in, please mute your phone until you are ready to speak.

The meeting agenda is available at the Fire Service Membership Council website.

Thank you to the Southwestern Division representative Robert Barnett for his service to the ICC and the members of the Southwestern Division!

For more information on Fire Service Membership Council and to enroll in cdpACCESS click here 

Here’s a complete list of representatives on the Governing Committee:

Scott Adams, Chair, Park City Fire Service District, UT
Gary West, Vice Chair, National Association of State Fire Marshals, TN

Robert Barnet, International Association of Fire Fighters (Southwest Division), LA
Fulton Cochran, Henderson Fire Department, NV
Ronny Coleman, Fireforceone, CA
Sean DeCrane, International Association of Fire Fighters, OH
Timothy Diehl, City of Rockville, MD
Jackie Gibbs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Southeastern Division), GA
Tonya Hoover, National Association of State Fire Marshals, CA
Rick McCullough, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Canadian Division), Canada
George Michehl, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Great Lakes Division), IL
Richard Miller, National Association of State Fire Marshals, MI
Ernie Misewicz, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Western Division), AK
Kelly Nicolello, National Association of State Fire Marshals, AK
Marc Sampson, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Missouri Valley Division), CO
Michael Sinsigalli, International Associateion of Fire Chiefs (New England Division), CT
Jim Yates, International Association of Fire Chiefs (Eastern Division), NJ
Adolf Zubia, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, NV

Staff Liaison
Robert Neale, Vice President of National Fire Service Activities, Government Relations

Board Liaison
Jim Brown, ICC Board of Directors

AFSA to hold a live burn demo in Phoenix, AZ

Sprinkler demoAre you attending the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Annual Convention and Exhibition, October 10-13 in Phoenix? Do you live in or near Phoenix?

Mark your calendars for AFSA’s live burn/sprinkler demonstration taking place on October 13 in conjunction with the convention. Open to the public, the event compares two structures–one with sprinklers, one without–that are both set on fire. Sprinkler advocates across North America are using these demonstrations to convey the dangerous speed of today’s fire and how quickly home fire sprinklers can quell the danger.

Visit AFSA’s blog for more details about the event.

A side-by-side demonstration is one of the best education tools to show the power of fire sprinklers. Two rooms are constructed: one with a fire sprinkler system, the other without. Then, a fire is lit in each room. Home fire sprinklers are designed to activate when the air in the room reaches a certain temperature. As the temperature goes up in the sprinkler-protected side, the sprinklers will activate to control, and in many cases, extinguish the fire. In contrast, the fire in the room without sprinklers will show just how quickly a fire can grow to engulf a space.

Following Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10), the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) will hold a live side-by-side burn demonstration during its annual convention and exhibition at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, October 13th from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. The local fire department will be on hand to put out the fire in the unsprinklered room and answer questions. Come see how efficient fire sprinkler systems are at this free, live burn demonstration.

By now, you’ve surely heard about the 30+ seminars scheduled, the recent sell-out of the Exhibit Hall, the top 7 Apprentice Competition Finalists, the special events, and the extra fun slated for AFSA’s 34th annual Convention & Exhibition in Phoenix, October 10-13, 2015.

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