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The New Partnership

Enforcement and the Private Sector

The code community for years has worked to develop the partnership with the building owner (or occupant), the contractors who perform ITM work, and the adopted fire and building codes.  Many communities have been successful over the years, although there has never been a sustained third party-vendor who specialized in linking this communication.

I was excited to hear of additional users utilizing a third party ITM service and wanted to share this brief development between Inspection Reports Online (IROL) and a major southern city.  I know there are other competitors to IROL, this release struck me as a company which gets our role as inspectors.  So take a look below:

InspectionReportsOnline (IROL) is pleased to announce its partnership with the City of Tucson Fire Department!
The Tucson Fire Department was searching for a web-based inspection report management system to assist in increasing their fire prevention efforts. The TFD wanted a system that emphasized the organization of incoming Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) reports for the fire protection systems in their communities and the ability to implement a self-inspection program for their building owners.

“The self-inspection program that IROL offers was a deciding factor for which web-based reporting system to use,” says Tucson Fire Systems Engineer Ken Brouillette. “TFD needed a new direction with our self-inspection program and IROL offered us a solution.”

IROL’s unique cloud-based system has been assisting in the inspection process for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), Service Providers (SP), and Commercial Property Owners/Occupants (PO) since 2010. Because it is the only web-based system allowing building and property owners to be actively involved with inspection management, retention, and overall compliance, IROL was the perfect fit for the TFD.

“We are honored for the opportunity to assist the City of Tucson’s Fire Department in their efforts to implement a web-based system,” says IROL Partner and Marketing Director Jill Cotton. “This program will allow the TFD to connect with their service companies and building owners, which will increase the overall compliance of fire and life safety protection systems. It’s about building safer communities and reducing the impact of fire; and through systems like IROL, we can achieve this goal.”

For more information about the IROL-TFD partnership, please call Jill Cotton at 331-454-7800 or email Jill at jcotton@irol-llc.net.

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Recall on egress lighting:

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Quantum® ELM and ELM2 two-light emergency fixture

Hazard: The circuit board can overheat and cause the fixture to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Lithonia Lighting toll-free at (888) 615-4501from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.lithonia.com and click on “Quantum® ELM/ELM2 Recall Information” on the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 1.7 million

Description: This recall involves the Quantum® series ELM and ELM2 emergency light fixtures. They are about 12.5-inches wide, 5-inches high and 3.75-inches deep in white or black plastic and have two incandescent lights and a rechargeable lead acid battery. ELM or ELM2 appears on the label inside the fixture’s plastic housing above the battery. The recalled units have circuit boards that are green on both sides and either Rev B or Rev C printed in the top left corner. Emergency lights with [click to continue…]

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Major Hurdles for Enforcement Community

NFPA 1124 is the Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles in which the Council has taken a major stance on March 13, 2014 and issued a lengthly decision on the embattled code to withdraw the fire protection standards for the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.  This includes specific direction to other standards to “expeditiously remove references to and extracts from the consumer fireworks provisions of NFPA 1124″

In 2007 specific requirements where set forth to maintain the protection requirements that relate to the storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.  the issuance of the 2013 edition continued and now will be modified at the direction of the council to exclude storage and retail sales of consumer fireworks.

Read the Statement here

The conclusion states:

….. The Council, in particular, is mindful of the [click to continue…]

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International Code Council Government Relations Update

 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.

Hearings will start at [click to continue…]

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Building Safety Month

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.

Proclamations

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.

Download the [click to continue…]

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ICC Requests Feedback on Certification

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:

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Fire Prevention Needs Advocates

A free, 90-minute webinar sponsored by Vision 20/20

Register Today!

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:

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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.

“This important topic arose out of [click to continue…]

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Does This Meet Code 19

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?

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NFPA News APP

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.

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