Super Important: Deadline This Month For Voting Members
The Group C Committee Action Hearings will be held April 27–May 4 in Memphis, Tenn. ICC Governmental Member Primary Representatives must validate their Governmental Member Voting Representatives (“GMVR”) no later than March 28 for the GMVR to be eligible to participate in the Online Assembly Floor Motion vote that will follow the Committee Action Hearings.
Jurisdictions that are not currently Governmental Members wishing to be eligible to participate in 2014 Online Assembly Floor Motion vote, Public Comment Hearings, and Online Governmental Consensus Votes must apply for ICC Governmental Membership by March 28, and shall be required to designate their GMVR as noted above for the Online Assembly Floor Motion vote.
Other individuals or entities wishing to be eligible to participate in the 2014 Online Assembly Floor Motion vote must apply for ICC Membership by March 28. Details are available at www.iccsafe.org/EVDS (membership login required). Registration for the hearings is free and encouraged. Visit www.iccsafe.org/SpringHearings for details.
Memphis Committee Action Hearings Schedule Available
The Memphis hearings are an excellent way for code officials and sustainable building professionals to learn more about the IgCC and experience ICC’s new cdpACCESS in action.
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Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 50,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.
Building Safety Month has earned the highest recognition in the past three years with Presidential Proclamations from President Barack Obama.
You can expand recognition for 2014 Building Safety Month with an official proclamation from your Chapter, Association and local, state and national leaders.
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The International Code Council is looking to new certifications. Based on responses to a previous survey they conducted to determine need, the International Code Council (ICC) is developing the following commercial fire sprinkler and commercial fire alarm certification examinations:
A free, 90-minute webinar sponsored by Vision 20/20
Fire prevention departments across the nation are seeing budget cutbacks, making it more important than ever to be able to justify the importance of fire prevention programs. This webinar will focus on important tools that will help you demonstrate the role of fire prevention in a community, and a landmark national survey of fire service practitioners that reveals the widespread impact of cuts to fire prevention.
During this webinar, you will learn about the many tools and guidance available for developing an advocacy strategy to support a comprehensive fire prevention program.
You will also learn of resources within the toolkit you can use to:
- Demonstrate the need for enhanced fire prevention to decision-makers
- Show results of a successful strategy
- Develop relationships to enhance your program
Presenters for this webinar include:
Vision 20/20 released an in-depth analysis of smoke alarm and related research focusing on why smoke alarms may not be in as widespread use as previously thought. Using an extensive literature review and data gathered during a number of Vision 20/20 Assistance to Firefighter Grant funded Community Risk Reduction projects, the study, The Smoke Alarm Problem, sheds light on the problems the fire safety community faces in getting people to install and maintain enough smoke alarms to properly protect their families.
There are several issues highlighted in the study, among them:
- Smoke alarms, while perceived as important devices, are not ones which people interact with on a regular basis and are not viewed as essential to daily living as other devices may be, leading to a failure to install or maintain them.
- Consumers may be overwhelmed with the number of choices they face in selecting alarms.
- Consumers may have a difficult time understanding what it is they need among sometimes conflicting and confusion legislation, codes and standards.
- Nuisance alarms may be a significant factor in understanding why people disable alarms
- Field experience of home safety visits, especially in high-risk areas, show that the number of homes with working smoke alarms may be much lower than previously thought.
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Its a Fire Safety Talk!
As inspectors education is a key component of our profession. Some times we run into some real smart kids. So in lieu of asking if this meets code, has this every happened to you?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is pleased to announce the release of its new mobile application “NFPA News” for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android operating systems. The free app, now available for download on iTunes and Google Play, provides the latest happenings in the fire, electrical and life safety industry and allows users to access resources related to breaking news, code development updates, public safety information, social media updates, and multimedia in one easy-to-use to package.
“We created this app as a way to provide useful information and updates that will contribute to fire safety at every level,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The NFPA News mobile app is a great source for safety information and serves as a quick reference guide for anyone dealing with fire, electrical and life safety codes and standards.”
Unlike similar apps, the free NFPA News mobile app provides instantly updated news releases, fire prevention research, blogs, videos, social media posts, and links to journal articles at your fingertips.
NFPA is soliciting session proposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo, to be held June 9-12, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year’s largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries.
If you’d like to share your knowledge and best practices, we invite you to send us your session proposals in any of the following topic areas:
Electrical, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire and Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity, Building and Life Safety, Loss Control/Prevention, Detection and Notification, Fire Suppression, Green Initiatives, Public Education, and Research
Deadline: Monday, September 16
All proposals must be submitted online: Submit Proposal
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Code of Honor Scholarships Application Period Now Open, Deadline is July 12
The scholarships help to ensure the I-Codes reflect the consensus view of officials at all levels of government by providing funding to Governmental Member Voting Representatives seeking to participate in the Public Comment Hearings, Oct. 2–10, in Atlantic City, N.J. Deadline for submission is July 12. Download the application here: http://www.iccsafe.org/scholarships/Pages/CodeHonor.aspx
2013 Global Membership Award Nomination Deadline Is July 15
If you know an exemplary individual or group whose contributions to building safety, code compliance, fire prevention, sustainability, public service or community service are commendable, nominate that person or group for an International Code Council award. Award recipients will be honored and recognized publicly for their accomplishments during the 2013 ICC Annual Conference in Atlantic City, N.J.
The Global Membership Award nomination deadline is July 15. Applications and details are available at http://www.iccsafe.org/Membership/Councils/Pages/2013Call.aspx.
Call for Nominations to the ICC Board of Directors
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Strategy 1: Prevention Advocacy
Tools and guidance are being updated to help the fire service implement a local advocacy strategy for increasing resources for fire prevention. The Advocacy Toolkit, produced with 2008 AFG funding, is an online resource available at www.strategicfire.org. With 2011 AFG funding we are able to update and add new content providing more resources for fire prevention personnel. A short video tutorial will be added as an introduction. This will provide users a bird’s-eye view of the steps for developing an advocacy plan: 1) demonstrate need, 2) demonstrate results, 3) develop relationships, and the many resources that are imbedded in the toolkit to help them get started. The updated Advocacy Toolkit will be available at our website by the end of August, 2013.
Strategy 2: Prevention Marketing
- Two successful rounds of research and message testing have been completed with social marketing experts Salter Mitchell helping us to create the Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ theme, now being executed under the leadership of the U.S. Fire Administration, and a supporting message on safe cooking “Keep an Eye on What You Fry.” Our focus the last six months was to develop an equally simple and powerful message to inspire the public to have working smoke alarms in their homes. But, given the breadth and complexity of smoke alarm messaging, the results were inconclusive.
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