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Fire Code Issues Facing Fire Chiefs. Anthony Apfelbeck Fire Marshal/Building Official City of Altamonte Springs Central Florida Fire Chiefs November 12, 2009. Objectives. Statutory Authority and Responsibility Local Fire Code Amendments Venue Shift in Code Development
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Fire Code Issues Facing Fire Chiefs Anthony Apfelbeck Fire Marshal/Building Official City of Altamonte Springs Central Florida Fire Chiefs November 12, 2009

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Objectives Statutory Authority and Responsibility Local Fire Code Amendments Venue Shift in Code Development Manual Fire Alarm System Retrofit Truss Marking One-and Two-Family Dwelling Fire Sprinklers Customer Service

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Statutory Authority and Responsibility 633.121  Persons approved to uphold laws and tenets of State Fire Marshal. - The head of province, metropolitan, and exceptional area fire divisions; other fire office faculty assigned by their separate boss ; and work force assigned by nearby governments having no sorted out flame offices are approved to implement this law and all standards recommended by the State Fire Marshal inside their individual purviews.

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Statutory Authority and Responsibility SFMO DEC Statement Casselberry 39751-01 The neighborhood fire official must not be liable to, or under the control of, the nearby building official in matters including firesafety reviews; The nearby building authority is not allowed to overrule the nearby fire official in matters including firesafety assessments ( Nothing in this Declaratory Statement is expected to imply that the neighborhood fire authority may not be liable to the nearby building official for entirely authoritative or time-administration purposes. . . )

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Statutory Authority and Responsibility Why is this essential? Expanded accentuation on combining fire counteractive action and building divisions The fire investigator permit is moderately simple to acquire The building official permit is difficult to get for most fire anticipation staff Therefore, setting fire under building is typically the arrangement that outcomes in most noteworthy economies Be set up to react to this choice

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Local Fire Code Amendments 547 Adopting Agencies in Florida 67 Counties 69 Special Fire Control Districts 411 Cities Only 42 Legal Fire Code Amendments 6 Counties <9% 6 Special Districts <9% 30 Cities <8%

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Local Fire Code Amendments Guidelines: 1. In the event that your specialized change to the Florida Fire Prevention Code is not recorded on the SFMO site, it is not a legitimate fire code correction. 2. Because your nearby alteration is posted, it doesn\'t mean it is legitimate. 3. Most neighborhood alterations nightfall at regular intervals with the new code. 4. Selection of a nearby revision has various qualifiers recorded in 633.0215 , .022 and .025. 5. Try not to depend on your legitimate insight!!

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Venue Shift in Code Development The Florida Fire Prevention Code is created in two territories: 1. National: As NFPA 1-Fire Code and NFPA 101-Life Safety Code. 2. State: As revisions to NFPA 1 and 101. Hard to correct locally and the SFMO is hesitant to alter on a state premise Easiest to change the base archives of NFPA-1 and 101

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Venue Shift in Code Development Example: Liability Issue New Text in NFPA 1 Section 1.9.2 2009 Edition of NFPA "The fire division and AHJ, acting in accordance with some basic honesty and without malignance in the release of the associations\' open obligation, should not along these lines be rendered at risk for any harm that could accumulate to people or property as a consequence of any demonstration or by reason of any demonstration or exclusion in the release of such obligations."

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Venue Shift in Code Development Ability to Amend the Code Locally is Very Limited, Therefore: Request Demand that your Fire Marshal get included on a State and National level: Submit Code Change to NFPA or ICC Attend or Provide Comments on State Rule Development Hearings Participate in Grass Roots Lobbying with your State Senators and Representatives

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Manual Fire Alarm Retrofit Fire Code Requires: Existing flat structures more than 11 abiding units might be given a manual fire alert framework. Incorporates apartment suites High dollar issue, most edifices are $200,000+ Lots of political weight from townhouses Exemption vetoed last administrative session for two story or less with direct exit to the outside Expect to see this issue again this next authoritative session

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Truss Marking

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Truss Marking 633.027  Buildings with light-outline truss-sort development; see necessities; requirement. - (1)   The proprietor of any business or mechanical structure, or any multiunit private structure of three units or more, that utilizations light-outline truss-sort development might check the structure with a sign or image endorsed by the State Fire Marshal in a way adequate to caution people directing flame control and other crisis operations of the presence of light-casing truss-sort development in the structure. (2)  The State Fire Marshal should receive rules important to execute the arrangements of this segment, including, yet not restricted to: (a)  The measurements and shade of such sign or image. (b)  The time inside which business, mechanical, and multiunit private structures that utilization light-outline truss-sort development should be set apart as required by this area. (c)  The area on every business, mechanical, and multiunit private structure that utilizations light-outline truss-sort development where such sign or image must be posted. (3)  The State Fire Marshal, and neighborhood fire authorities as per s. 633.121 , should implement the arrangements of this area. Any proprietor who neglects to conform to the prerequisites of this segment is liable to punishments as gave in s. 633.161.

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Truss Marking Still in Rule Development year and a half After Passage, in JAPC and may must be reissued. Questions: 1. What is "light-outline truss sort development?" 2. Does it incorporate bar-joist? 3. On the off chance that it does, 99% of the structures in Altamonte will be stamped. All in all, what did we fulfill? 4. Where do you stamp? Secured shopping center building, Big Box 5. Inability to check makes a bogus sentiment wellbeing to reacting units

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Truss Marking 8" X 8" Red in Color with 24" of the Main Entrance Door

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Truss Marking Charleston NIOSH Report Recommendation

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Truss Marking " Fire divisions ought to create, execute and authorize composed SOPs and furnish fire warriors with preparing on the dangers of truss development" "Fire offices ought to utilize cautious techniques at whatever point trusses have been presented to flame or basic uprightness can\'t be confirmed. Unless life-sparing operations are under way, fire warriors ought to quickly be cleared and an outside assault ought to be utilized. Fire warriors performing putting out fires operations under or above trusses ought to be cleared when it is resolved that the trusses are presented to flame (not as per a period restrain)."

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One-and Two-Family Dwelling Fire Sprinklers Civilian Deaths 78% of all structure fires happen in private properties 84% of non military personnel fire passings happen in the home Fire Sprinklers diminish the regular citizen demise rate by no less than 63% in SFD, as a general rule, it is 90%+

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One-and Two-Family Dwelling Fire Sprinklers Firefighter Deaths 1997-2006 250 Firefighters murdered in structure fires 246 slaughtered in non-sprinklered structures 4 were executed in structures secured by an operational fire sprinkler framework 1 non-sprinklered upper room fire 3 blast at a pesticide plant If we are genuinely genuine about firefighter wellbeing, we should be not kidding about sprinklers in one-and two-family homes!

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One-and Two-Family Dwelling Fire Sprinklers Fire sprinklers in one-and two family homes are currently required in both national codes: NFPA and ICC Reaffirmed at the last ICC code listening to 7-4 vote by the board of trustees and more than 90% of the floor enrollment Two difficulties in Florida Legislative-Florida Home Builders Association Florida Building Commission We should venture up to the test in Florida!

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Customer Service #1 issue – Almost NEVER specialized Contractors don\'t generally mind the amount they pay in charges the length of they get quality administration Turn Around Time Plans-Less than 10 business days Inspections-Next business day Economic Recovery Internal Staffing Contract Work? Web based Permitting Don\'t be reluctant to make inquiries. Recall that, you are the Chief Fire Official!

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Recommendation 1. Request that your Fire Marshal play a dynamic part in the state and national code advancement forms. 2. Make it a need to shield the SFD sprinkler arrangement. 3. Audit your neighborhood changes for consistence with the statutory arrangements. 4. Perused the Charleston NIOSH report. 5. Create particular client benefit benchmarks for your fire aversion department that are quantifiable and responsible.

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Questions? Mobile phone: 407-832-7800 ACApfelbeck@Altamonte.org

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