Sorry for the short notice but we just found out about this issue over the weekend.
On Wednesday July 19, 2017, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on several bills. The most important to this associations membership is House Bill 1317. This bill establishes a Building Code Coordinating Council. In essence any regulation the that is promulgated by the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations would have to pass through this board when it comes to issues involving a construction code. This new BCCC would have the authority to reject, by majority vote, proposed regulations that are inconsistent, redundant, conflicting or overlapping with any other existing or proposed construction codes.
Inconsistent and conflicting are the dangerous words.
The Fire Service has worked hard to promulgate laws and regulations to protect citizens and firefighters. This new BCCC would be a new layer of bureaucracy that would hinder our efforts. We all know the struggles we have when trying to modify the Building Code to make buildings safer. We ask that you take a moment and send a message to the members of the committee urging them to defeat this bill.
Visit https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H1317 to read the Bill.
Visit https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J22 to find a list of members of the joint committee. If you click on their name it will provide you with telephone numbers and email addresses.
President Steve Lavoie will be offering testimony at the hearing as will Vice President Chris Dowling. This is a Public Hearing. If you have the time please attend and support them and maybe even testify!
The following is the text of a letter that President Lavoie sent to the members. We would ask that you do the same.
July 15, 2017
Dear Members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security,
Two years ago, the State of Massachusetts adopted its first uniform fire code for statewide code enforcement; this was done to ensure that the latest standards were being used in a fair and non-conflicting manner. This code went through a strict vetting process which allowed the State to have a maintenance code dealing with fire prevention. After reading the description of the proposed house bill H.1317, our Association believes that this process would not be in the best interest of public safety. The Fire Prevention Association of Massachusettsvehemently opposes H. 1317 for the reasons stated below.
House bill H.1317 would make it harder to promulgate much needed life safety regulations in an effective and efficient time frame.
House bill H.1317 denies any specialized codes, rules, or regulations a right of an appeal process. This would create the State of Massachusetts vs the State of Massachusetts within our judicial system.
House bill H.1317 is inconsistent with the current State laws, andwill conflict with our current M.G.L. Chapter 143 sections 96 & 97.
House bill H.1317 does not provide a means for emergency promulgations. An example would be the State's quick and effective passing of Chapter 304 Of The Acts Of 2004 "An Act Relative To Fire Safety In The Commonwealth" in response to the tragic Rhode Island station night club fire in 2003.
We believe that the proposed House bill H.1317 would fail us as Public safety officials, and would create multiple issues due to its inconsistency with the current laws. Westrongly urge you to oppose House bill H.1317.
Thank you for your consideration.
Steven R. Lavoie, President, FPAM
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND TAKING THE TIME TO LET THE COMMITTEE KNOW THIS IS NOT IN THE BEST INTREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY!
AFAA-NE is pleased to announce our May 24th membership meeting at the DoubleTree Westborough in Westborough, MA.
We all struggle with the need to satisfy the AHJs vs keeping the time and cost of documentation preparation real. This presentation will lay aside all of the conjecture and give you the facts you need to succeed.
Featuring Kurt Ruchala and Kevin Cox of Jensen Hughes, presentation highlights include:
- Increase in graduation FPOs from the Academy
- Documentation Requirements for:
- Tier 1 (Bid & Permits)
- Tier 2 (Shop Drawings)
- Tier 3 (As-Built Drawings)
- Doing it right the first time
- Best vs acceptable practices and the liabilities inherent in the choices
- The role of the FPE
- 3rd Party on-site Engineers (the Good the Bad and the Ugly)
Please come and have a sumptuous buffet dinner and join in on this informative and interactive meeting.
AFAA-NE has put together a four-part educational training series and will be presenting the first part, Circuit Classifications, with the ASCET New Haven, CT chapter on Tuesday, May 9th starting at 6:30PM.
Join us at:
Manor Inn Restaurant
1636 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke
Milldale, CT 06467
The cost is $30 for members (both AFAA and ASCET) and $40 for non-members. A buffet dinner is included, which will consist of:
* GARDEN SALAD * PENNE ALA VODKA
* POTATOES AU GRATIN * MIXED VEGETABLES *
* CHICKEN PARMIGIANA * TOP SIRLOIN * STUFFED SOLE
* CHOICE OF DESSERT * SODA, WATER, COFFEE/TEA *
** $$ CASH BAR $$**
To attend, you MUST register and pay by 5/8/17. The training is limited to the first 60 people to register.
April 25, 2017 thru April 28, 2017
Embassy Suites: Monterey Bay - Sea Side, California
This year, AFAA National has scheduled over 15 presentations on hot industry topics. Their focus is offering some of the best fire protection and code training from some of the top engineers and code professionals from across the Country.
As a bonus, they are offering a free one year membership just for registering for the conference, participating in quality training, and learning more about who they are and the wide range of benefits we provide to the Fire Alarm Industry.
Click here to view the Schedule of Events and Educational Program Descriptions for the 2017 AFAA Annual Meeting.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a great success! Below are links to the documents and resources discussed at the meeting.