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ATTENTION NASFM MEMBERS - FIRE SPRINKLERS COULD BE DELETED FROM THE IRC

Your Jurisdiction CAN’T VOTE - Unless You Act NOW!

 

FIRE SPRINKLERS COULD BE DELETED FROM THE IRC

Opponents of home fire sprinklers failed in their initial effort to eliminate sprinklers from the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). All five anti-sprinkler proposals considered by the IRC Committee at their April public hearing in Louisville, KY were rejected, but the committee recommendation for Proposal RB129-16 has been challenged and could be overturned when ICC’s voting-governmental members use on-line voting to determine the final outcome.

 

Your votes count.

 

The future of residential fire safety in America hinges on winning the final action vote. Home fire sprinklers represent our best chance of striking at the heart of America's fire problem. We won the home fire sprinkler issue in the IRC 8 years ago, culminating a 30-year effort, and have successfully defended the requirement in the 2009, 2012 and 2015 code editions. Losing this year’s vote would be a terrible setback for residential fire safety.

 

In a recent review of fire agencies that are ICC Voting Governmental Members, many jurisdictions are shown as either:


NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE in final action voting on ICC code change proposals because you have not completed the required annual re-validation process for your voting designees, or


NOT USING ALL OF YOUR VOTES because voters are not assigned to each of available slot.


YOU MUST RE-VALIDATE BEFORE SEPT. 19TH DEADLINE


Jurisdictions that fail to validate voters between January 1, 2016 and Sept. 19, 2016 will not be allowed to vote on final actions for this year’s code changes. Note that voters DO NOT have to attend the final hearing. Votes will be cast online during a two-week period in November 2016.


This link http://www.iccsafe.org/news-announcements/deadline-to-validate-voters-is-sept-19/ http://www.iccsafe.org/news-announcements/deadline-to-validate-voters-is-sept-19/ takes you to ICC’s validation page. Simple instructions for completing the validation process are posted at http://ircfiresprinkler.org/docs/ICC-Voter-Validation-Guide.pdf http://ircfiresprinkler.org/docs/ICC-Voter-Validation-Guide.pdf.


Only the jurisdiction’s “primary member” on file with ICC can complete the validation process. If you are a voting member, but not the primary member, and need to know who the primary member is, login at www.iccsafe.org http://www.iccsafe.org/ and after logging in, use http://www.iccsafe.org/myicc/search-member-and-organization/ http://www.iccsafe.org/myicc/search-member-and-organization/ and select the “organization directory” to search for your jurisdiction’s listing and the primary member’s name.


For additional assistance, you can contact ICC’s Membership Services Department by emailing members@iccsafe.org mailto:members@iccsafe.org or calling 888-422-7233, ext. 33804.


ARE YOU GETTING ALL OF THE VOTES YOU’RE ENTITLED TO?


Jurisdictions are allocated the following numbers of votes based on population served. If you haven’t assigned an individual to each voting slot, you’re not being fully represented.


Population Served / Number of Votes
50,000 or less / 4
50,001-150,000 / 8
More than 150,000 / 12

NASFM request that you, or your staff, please take the time to re-validate your status with ICC and vote on this important issue.

 

Thank you,

Philip J. Oakes

National Program Director

National Association of State Fire Marshals

PO Box 671

Cheyenne, WY 82003

307-433-8078

admin@firemarshals.org

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