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2014 Call for Presentations NFPA Conference

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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ICC Update July 2013

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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VISION 20/20 PROJECT UPDATE – 2013

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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IFE Vision 20/20 project to host third Models in Fire Prevention Symposium

The Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch Vision 20/20 project was awarded a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety grant to hold the third Models in Fire Prevention Symposium featuring prevention programs that demonstrate results, and that can be replicated in other communities. The last symposium, held in 2012, featured 15 presentations ranging from “Art and Science of Developing Prevention Culture in both the Political Environment and Fire Department” to “Research-Based Recommendations for Smoke Alarm Projects” and was attend [click to continue…]

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Does This Meet Code 18

Its Only a R-1 Hallway

Recently at a short stay in a local hotel, I came across this scenario.  The Chemicals were delivered from a parcel delivery company and I watched the interaction with staff.  The product is located outside of a maintenance room, in a hallway immediately adjacent to sleeping rooms in a Hotel.

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ICC Committee Action Hearing

International Fire Code and Residential Energy

The ICC Committee Action hearings for the Group B cycle are live and going strong for a couple days now.  The room is full of industry, inspectors, and code professionals who are working to make a difference and continue our great work of providing the best codes for our communities.

I know you are all very busy but I wanted to send a link to the webcast of the ICC hearings along to you. The IFC will be meeting today (Tuesday) through Thursday evening.

It is a great chance to see how codes are developed in the ICC process.  If you are in the office, log in and take a look, this will help with understanding the intent of the codes you use on a daily basis.

Just an FYI and share with anyone that might be interested to take a look how the process works:

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Last Call for ICC Code Change Proposals

January 3 is Deadline

The ICC Group B code changes must be submitted by January 3 for all Group B code documents. This includes:

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Resolutions

Welcome 2013!

Well on behalf of the code weenie and Inspector911.com I would like to thank all of you for a great 2012 and wish you a great year in 2013.

It seems that everyone is talking resolutions at this time of the year.  Resolutions around weight loss, fitness, education, updating web-page (I know its been 6 months), quit smoking, or even to get married.  Some resolutions seem to make it while others fizzle off by the end of the first week in January.

The question becomes what are your professional resolutions or goals for 2013?  Do you have goals for your department, organization, or association?  I have heard a couple great thoughts so far these include:

  • Increasing customer service at our front counter
  • Provide daily training to every inspector
  • Develop an active smoke alarm program
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Model Programs For Reducing Fire and Injury

Leaders Demonstrate Life Saving Programs

Have you ever sat in a room of your peers and wonder “Why didn’t I think of that” or  “how did they have time to get it done?” That ahh ha moment came multiple teams this weekend as I participated in the Models in Fire Prevention Symposium put on by the great folks associated with Vision 20/20.

The three day program highlighted programs from across the United States that are part of a community risk reduction strategy.  Some of the presenters where some of the most talented folks in our business.  Highlights included:

  • The art and science of developing a prevention culture by Chief Zikmund
  • People with profound hearing loss, partnering in community risk reduction
  • ITM, regulating and managing qualifications of contractors and their employees
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ICC Hearings First Step to Develop 2015 Codes

Public hearings include the International Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Plumbing and Private Sewage Disposal Codes

Code enforcement officials, other construction industry professionals and the public will meet to consider a broad range of proposed code changes to several International Codes that will improve building safety. Codes developed by the International Code Council are used in all 50 states and many nations worldwide.

The 2012 Code Development Spring Hearings, April 29-May 8 in Dallas, are focused on a set of codes known as Group A that include the International Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Plumbing and Private Sewage Disposal codes. These will be the initial hearings for 1,600 proposed revisions that ultimately will result in the 2015 editions of the codes. Code changes approved at the Dallas meeting will form the basis for resolution at the Final Action Hearings in October in Portland, Ore.

Please note that ICC policy has been amended to provide that a jurisdiction or other eligible governmental entity must submit an application to become an ICC Governmental Member by April 1 to be able to send voting representatives to the Final Action Hearings in October.

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