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New Homes Burn Too!!

September 29th, 2016

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Connecticut Child Dies in Recently Built Home

A six-year-old girl from Connecticut recently died in a fire in a home built only months ago. Her mother is in serious condition. The incident negates persistent claims made by fire sprinkler opponents that smoke alarms and other safety features “offer adequate protection from fire” and home fire sprinklers are not necessary since “today’s fire deaths and injuries are happening in older homes.”

Built by a local Habitat for Humanity chapter this year using lightweight construction materials and occupied by the family in July, the Connecticut home had at least one working smoke alarm, according to news reports. Moreover, had this home’s construction followed requirements found in all U.S. model building codes—specifically, a requirement to sprinkler new dwellings that has appeared in every edition of these codes since 2009—it should have been sprinklered.

Mirroring action occurring across North America, sprinkler opponents in Connecticut have made a convincing—and oftentimes inaccurate—pitch to state and local decision makers that have kept fire sprinklers out of new homes. “Nobody is dying in new homes from fires,” stated Bill Ethier, CEO of Connecticut’s Home Builders and Remodelers Association, in a 2015 essay penned in response to proposed legislation to sprinkler the state’s new homes. (His full essay is attached to this blog post.) “Sprinklers in new homes will not save the lives proponents claim. “[This technology] is an astronomical cost to save a life.”

“This type of logic is misguided and infuriating,” says Jim Pauley, NFPA’s president and CEO. “Time and again, our data proves the majority of America’s fire deaths are occurring at home, old and new alike. Research also confirms that fire sprinklers are a cost-effective component to new homes that can eliminate these tragedies. They are the solution to our home fire problem. To assume that fire sprinkler requirements are merely an unwanted burden to homebuilders with minimal benefits to society places little value on the little girl who sadly passed away, the more than 2,500 others who die each year from home fires, and the thousands of others injured annually by these incidents.”

Pauley is not alone in promoting safer homes in Connecticut and elsewhere. “You have an 80 percent rate of getting out of a house fire with smoke alarms and sprinklers and only a 50 percent chance with smoke alarms alone, so there’s a big difference there,” Keith Flood, chair of the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, told a Connecticut news station following the recent fire. He is currently working with the coalition to secure home fire sprinkler requirements in his state. “Our opinion is that this may have been a different scenario if the house had sprinklers in it.”

 

Embrace The Capital Area Association – Make it Your Association

September 29th, 2015

This is your organization, we understand that you can’t make all of the meetings and we also know that we are operating in a new way, many are getting information through the Capital Bulletin, but we still need to have an administrative structure to govern the Association.  We have grown to 75 member district with only a few districts in the 8 counties we cover that don’t belong.  We are financially strong and have reduced the cost of our workshops.  But, we still have to govern and need your input and participation.  I have been an officer in the Capital Area Association for several years as has President Meehan, we would both welcome anyone who would like to run for an office who is interested in continuing our success.  Please consider attending the November meeting where elections will take place, we don’t want this organization to become limited in scope and control and urge that nominations are open to anyone who wishes to do a good job.  Tom Rinaldi 1st VP.

Common Sense Prevails on the 7 Year Tire Standard – For Now

September 6th, 2015

ENCOURAGING REPORT ON NFPA 1911: STANDARD FOR THE INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, TESTING, AND RETIREMENT OF IN-SERVICE AUTOMOTIVE FIRE APPARATUS. This Standard provides minimum requirements for establishing an inspection, maintenance, and testing program for in-service fire apparatus, including guidelines for fire apparatus refurbishment and retirement. Most notably, or infamously, this standard required that, “tires shall be replaced at least every seven (7) years or more frequently…”

There has been some rethinking on the subject, see the Bulletin thanks to Attorney Bill Glass here:  Bulletin May 2015 Tires

 

Fire District Legal FAQ’s

March 24th, 2015

Did you know that you can access a number of legal questions on the State Association of Fire Districts web site at www.firedistnys.com?  Many of the frequently asked questions sent to our legal counsel, Bill Young are published for your research.  You need to Login as a member fire district, your ID and Password can be requested  at tab Member Center, see tab Create New Account.  Your personal login will be approved within 72 hours.   Once you have your login credentials then click on Counsel Corner & FAQs.  If you have a legal question, start there first.  This is one of the benefits of belonging to the State Organization.

Risk Assessment for Emergency Self Escape Systems

November 7th, 2014

This document is form used to assess structures in your primary area of response where self rescue may be required due to elevation.Risk Assessment Emer Escape Systems final document

 

To assist you in performing your risk assessment and to fill out the Risk Assessment Form we are supplying the following Guidance Document Self Rescue Risk Assessment Guidance Document draft 1

Sex Offender Background Check Process

January 31st, 2016

AFDCA Polo Shirts

July 7th, 2014

Polo Shirts with the Capital Area logo are available. The first order of 24 shirts has been submitted to our vendor, we will contact those who have ordered shirts when they arrive. Reserve yours today! Cost will be $37.95 or $39.95 for XXL. These are high quality Port Authority Polos which resist wrinkles and wear well.  If you are interested contact Darren Costanzo at Milton Fire District #1/Rock City Falls FD at rcffd42@yahoo.com.