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Chief Michael O’Brian

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Russ Chandler


Updates & Action Items

Voting Guide for the ICC Public Comment Hearing, The ICC Public Comment Hearing is underway

This is the 2016 Group B code change cycle, which includes the proposed changes to the 2018 International Fire Code and changes to other construction codes. The Fire & Life Safety Section has put together a voting guide for those code change items which impact the fire service. If you are attending the Public Comment Hearing, please take the time to review the voting guide and make your vote count at the hearing.

Selling a Home Protected by Fire Sprinklers Video:

Professional Certification of Fire Marshals
Dec. 13- FLSS developed a position paper outlining the importance of professional certification for fire marshals who interact with community leaders and professionals every day. The IAFC board of directors has approved the position statement supporting professional certification for fire marshals. Visit CPSE's Fire Marshal Designation webpage to learn more or to begin the application process.

Residential Range-Top Safety
Feb. 14- The IAFC has adopted a position on residential range-top fire safety drafted by the FLSS. This position and report help chiefs and other fire safety professionals better respond to inquiries about residential cooking safety and more effectively develop community risk reduction outreach programs.

As detailed in the report, Protecting Life and Property and Reducing Injuries From Fires Originating on Home Ranges (pdf), home fires and losses dominate the North American fire problem. Fires beginning with cooking appliances account for the largest shares of home structure fires and associated fire injuries in the U.S. and Canada. Electric ranges are by far the leading cause of home cooking appliance fires. The FLSS task group analyzed the characteristics of the home fire problem, assessed the potential of various protection technologies to reduce these fire losses and develop recommendations to reduce these fire losses.

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