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IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section

IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section Fire & Life Safety Section (FLSS) is a special interest section of the International Association of

The VISION of the Fire and Life Safety Section is to create an environment in which:
-Deaths from structure fires are reduced to zero and property damage from structure fires is limited to the area of origin
-Firefighter deaths due to fire ground operations are reduced to zero
-The organizational culture of fire departments places a greater priority on fire prevention and life safety
-The public is clearly aware of the fire problem and their role in fire prevention

Operating as usual

In response to three serious accidents over an eight-week period in 2014 that injured children and adults, the CSB issue...
10/23/2022

In response to three serious accidents over an eight-week period in 2014 that injured children and adults, the CSB issued a safety bulletin titled, "Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations." The safety bulletin can be found on the CSB’s website.

The CSB’s safety bulletin provides four key lessons learned from the three 2014 accidents:

• Do not use bulk containers of flammable chemicals in educational demonstrations when small quantities are sufficient.
• Implement strict safety controls when demonstrations necessitate handling hazardous chemicals – including written procedures, effective training, and the required use of appropriate personal protective equipment for all participants.
• Conduct a comprehensive hazard review prior to performing any educational demonstration.
• Provide a safety barrier between the demonstration and audience.

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Upcoming webinar for the Fire Service, register today! https://www.bigmarker.com/FireChiefs/How-Batteries-Are-Changing-O...
10/19/2022
How Batteries Are Changing Our Fire Environment

Upcoming webinar for the Fire Service, register today! https://www.bigmarker.com/FireChiefs/How-Batteries-Are-Changing-Our-Fire-Environment. From codes to EV and Mobility Devices

Our response environment is changing as the world transitions to an electric future, this program will work to educate the Fire Chief on the wholistic approach the fire department must take when responding to EV vehicle fires, as well as the challenges that will continue to face our organizations.

On September 13, 2022 in Louisville, KY as part of the International Code Council (ICC) Annual conference, IAFC member a...
09/14/2022

On September 13, 2022 in Louisville, KY as part of the International Code Council (ICC) Annual conference, IAFC member and Division Chief Kara Gercynski was awarded The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and longstanding dedication to the support of fire codes and fire prevention. Kara Gercynski, Division Chief of Fire Prevention and Administration with the Elizabeth Fire Rescue is the 2022 recipient.

Division Chief Gercynski represents the International Association of Fire Chiefs on multiple code development committees and is active in the Fire and Life Safety Section. She has served on the ICC Fire Service Membership Council, ICC Fire Code Action Committee, and is the IAFC representative on National Fire Protection Association 855 Stationary Energy Systems. She is active in many programs and associations across the State of Colorado and is a true champion of investing in the future of our fire service.

The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award is presented annually to recognize career achievement by an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and longstanding dedication in support of fire codes and fire prevention. This prestigious award honors the memory of Chief Robert W. Gain, known as the “father of the Uniform Fire Code”. Chief Gain recognized and advocated the importance of fire codes and fire prevention in reducing loss of life and property due to fire and he championed a decade-long effort that created the Uniform Fire Code, a predecessor to the International Fire Code, first published in 1971.

Today incoming section Chair Greg Rogers presented outgoing  IAFC president Chief Ken Stuebing with a certificate of our...
08/27/2022

Today incoming section Chair Greg Rogers presented outgoing IAFC president Chief Ken Stuebing with a certificate of our section donation in his name to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Thank you Chief Stuebing for seeing the power of CRR and fire and life safety!

Thank you to all the members who attended the FLSS  section meeting today!  Thank you to Andy king for his service to th...
08/25/2022

Thank you to all the members who attended the FLSS section meeting today! Thank you to Andy king for his service to the section who will transition to past chair as well as Adolf Zubia for his long term service to the section.

Congratulations to Jeff Shapiro on being awarded the IAFC/ICC Fire Service excellence award today at our regular meeting...
08/25/2022

Congratulations to Jeff Shapiro on being awarded the IAFC/ICC Fire Service excellence award today at our regular meeting. Jeff Shapiro is a long standing supporter of the FLSS and a true advocate for fire and life safety in the built environment. Jeff’s passion in making our world a safer place has truly made an impact on our communities!

Join the FLSS today  at noon for lunch and our annual business meeting.  Come hear the latest on codes, standards, and c...
08/25/2022

Join the FLSS today at noon for lunch and our annual business meeting. Come hear the latest on codes, standards, and community risk reduction. Thank you to Siemmens for sponsoring todays lunch! Room 207

08/24/2022

Join the section as we meet this Thursday at . We are in room 207 starting at noon (yes free lunch) then our membership meeting at 1pm.

It is  week!  Join the Section at our annual meeting this week on Thursday.  Lunch is set for 12 and all of you are invi...
08/23/2022

It is week! Join the Section at our annual meeting this week on Thursday. Lunch is set for 12 and all of you are invited our regular meeting at 1pm. It is at room 207. Thanks to the IAFC BOD who took time to check out the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition side by side demonstration via virtual reality!

06/27/2022
Call for Presentations

Call for presentations, the IAFC FLSS planning committee for the 2023 Community Risk Reduction -Leadership is open for submitting presentations. Submit your story today, due by July 15, 2022. https://www.eventscribe.net/2022/CRRL/aaStatic.asp?SFP=TFhORkZZV0dAMTIwMTVAQ2FsbCBmb3IgUHJlc2VudGF0aW9ucw

The planning committee is soliciting submission for breakout sessions. These sessions are 75-minutes in length. Submitters will need to select their session format and proposed track:

Check your email, our most recent eblast when out today, if you are a FLSS member and didn’t get it, drop us a DM and we...
06/24/2022

Check your email, our most recent eblast when out today, if you are a FLSS member and didn’t get it, drop us a DM and well get you pointed in the right direction.

06/01/2022

Today started the second phase of the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs strategic planning process. Board member and Fire Chief Ray Reynolds as well as International Director Fire Chief Michael O’Brian are working along side the leadership to develop the 2023-2026. all are focusing on a membership driven IAFC with strong communication.

This past week we had the pleasure to host the 2022 Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference in Toronto, Canada. T...
05/29/2022

This past week we had the pleasure to host the 2022 Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference in Toronto, Canada. This conference is geared specifically to the education and training needs of chief officers and other fire service managers seeking to create, execute and evaluate measurably successful CRR platforms and programs. It was a pleasure and honor to be able to network with our fire service leaders on an international bases. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Tennessee on May 23-25.

Another day at the  of sessions and great speakers. It is awesome to be able to network with our Canadian friends. It ja...
05/25/2022

Another day at the of sessions and great speakers. It is awesome to be able to network with our Canadian friends. It jas been even better to learn what they are doing.

The Fire and Life Safety Section having dinner together after an all day board meeting to address topics critical to red...
05/25/2022

The Fire and Life Safety Section having dinner together after an all day board meeting to address topics critical to reducing community risk. Inspiring safe communities through leadership.

Thank you IROL for being part of CRRL
05/24/2022

Thank you IROL for being part of CRRL

All set up and ready to at in Toronto! Stop by and say hello to Heidi and Colleen to learn more about how we're helping across the country Stay Ahead of the Call.

The Fire and Life Safety Section kicked off the Community Risk Reduction Conference today by honoring Fire Chief Michael...
05/24/2022

The Fire and Life Safety Section kicked off the Community Risk Reduction Conference today by honoring Fire Chief Michael O’Brian with the 2021 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award. Congratulations Chief, and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our industry.

President Stuebing and FLSS Vice Chair welcome the attendees to the kick off of CRRL, in Toronto Canada!
05/24/2022

President Stuebing and FLSS Vice Chair welcome the attendees to the kick off of CRRL, in Toronto Canada!

Home fire sprinkler week is just around the corner, head over to Homefiresprinklerweek.org and get the resources you nee...
05/04/2022

Home fire sprinkler week is just around the corner, head over to Homefiresprinklerweek.org and get the resources you need to share the message in your community!

Board Member Ray Reynolds presented an IAFC FLSS challenge coin to Former Vice President Mike Pence. In exchange Mr. Pe...
04/24/2022

Board Member Ray Reynolds presented an IAFC FLSS challenge coin to Former Vice President Mike Pence. In exchange Mr. Pence gave Ray his coin from his office.

CRR confernce is ready to go in late may.  Grab a spot, book your flight and let’s go!   http://www.iafc.org/crrl
04/07/2022

CRR confernce is ready to go in late may. Grab a spot, book your flight and let’s go! http://www.iafc.org/crrl

Time to register for the CRR-L, travel restrictions are changing, so get it booked and register today! https://www.event...
03/24/2022
Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference

Time to register for the CRR-L, travel restrictions are changing, so get it booked and register today! https://www.eventscribe.net/2022/CRRL/index.asp?launcher=1

The CRRL Conference is the only conference geared specifically to the education and training needs of chief officers and other fire service managers seeking to create, execute and evaluate measurably successful CRR platforms and programs. This specialized leadership training highlights proven method...

From our Boars member Raymond Reynolds Community risk reduction is making sure protection devices function properly. Eve...
02/24/2022

From our Boars member Raymond Reynolds Community risk reduction is making sure protection devices function properly. Ever find a sprinkler contractor who didn't drain a test?

Today Raymond Reynolds presented a IAFC Fire and Life and Safety Section challenge coins #31 & #32 to Clayton Thompson a...
02/08/2022

Today Raymond Reynolds presented a IAFC Fire and Life and Safety Section challenge coins #31 & #32 to Clayton Thompson and Cathy Patterson. They are the program officials who run the FEMA SAFER, FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY, AND ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT.

These highly competitive grants originated after 9/11 to expand fire service capabilities.

Board Member Raymond Reynolds gave an FLSS Coin #30 to Jason Nauman from the IAFC Center For Professional Development. J...
02/08/2022

Board Member Raymond Reynolds gave an FLSS Coin #30 to Jason Nauman from the IAFC Center For Professional Development. Jason runs COLS I and II. This training program is single handedly responsible for training company and command level fire officers throughout our country. In my travels teaching in the COLS program, Jason always makes sure prevention and risk reduction are a foundation to every fire officer entering the ranks.

BECAUSE IT MATTERS.

Next week registration opens for  in Toronto!  This is a must attend event for those in leadership as well as those work...
02/05/2022

Next week registration opens for in Toronto! This is a must attend event for those in leadership as well as those working on CRR!

Join us for a podcast with our Fire and Life Safety Section Vice-Chair Deputy Chief Greg Rogers. Also don’t forget to su...
02/02/2022
ICC Region I Radio - Greg Rogers, Deputy Fire Chief Spokane Valley Fire Department

Join us for a podcast with our Fire and Life Safety Section Vice-Chair Deputy Chief Greg Rogers. Also don’t forget to support Fire Chief Michael O’Brian for 2nd Vice President of the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs

In this episode we spoke with Greg Rogers, Deputy Fire Chief with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. In this episode we discussed his background and jurisdi...

The Fire and Life Safety Section is pleased to endorse Fire Chief Michael O’Brian for the IAFC - International Associati...
01/28/2022

The Fire and Life Safety Section is pleased to endorse Fire Chief Michael O’Brian for the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs Second Vice President. Chief O'Brian has an outstanding track record of accomplishments currently as a member of the IAFC board. He has always shared the vision of innovation and provided valuable support to members of the organization. His experience, expertise, education, and knowledge have allowed him to serve the members of IAFC and will continue to allow him even a more significant impact in the future.

It’s CRR Week, what is your organization doing to bring  light to community risk reduction? https://crrweek.org
01/18/2022
CRR Week |

It’s CRR Week, what is your organization doing to bring light to community risk reduction? https://crrweek.org

What is CRR Week? CRR Week is a grass-roots effort by an informal group of fire safety professionals from across the nation. The idea is to help promote the awareness of Community Risk Reduction within the fire service by having a week where everyone can do CRR programs and demonstrate its importanc...

So proud of vice chair Rogers!
01/04/2022

So proud of vice chair Rogers!

12/25/2021

Merry Christmas everyone, and seasons greetings!

Great work by Caroline!
12/15/2021

Great work by Caroline!

Time to go vote online as part of the Online Governmental voting process with the ICC. This is a critical part with the ...
10/26/2021
Sign in or Register

Time to go vote online as part of the Online Governmental voting process with the ICC. This is a critical part with the ICC to make sure you get the fire service vote heard. Head over to https://www.cdpaccess.com and get your vote on!

Code Development Process for International Code Council. Submit code change proposals, online modifications, and public comments for building, fire and safety codes.

07/21/2021

Will you be at Let us know and maybe we can catch up?

07/21/2021

Reminder our annual meeting is today at 2pm EST and is virtual! Members received an email on Monday from the IAFC with the information to log in for the meeting!

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Another day at the of sessions and great speakers. It is awesome to be able to network with our Canadian friends. It jas been even better to learn what they are doing.
The Fire and Life Safety Section having dinner together after an all day board meeting to address topics critical to reducing community risk. Inspiring safe communities through leadership.
Thank you IROL for being part of CRRL
The Fire and Life Safety Section kicked off the Community Risk Reduction Conference today by honoring Fire Chief Michael O’Brian with the 2021 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award. Congratulations Chief, and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our industry.
President Stuebing and FLSS Vice Chair welcome the attendees to the kick off of CRRL, in Toronto Canada!
Home fire sprinkler week is just around the corner, head over to Homefiresprinklerweek.org and get the resources you need to share the message in your community!
Board Member Ray Reynolds presented an IAFC FLSS challenge coin to Former Vice President Mike Pence. In exchange Mr. Pence gave Ray his coin from his office.
CRR confernce is ready to go in late may. Grab a spot, book your flight and let’s go! http://www.iafc.org/crrl
Time to register for the CRR-L, travel restrictions are changing, so get it booked and register today! https://www.eventscribe.net/2022/CRRL/index.asp?launcher=1
Full Scheduled announced! Explore compelling sessions, speakers, and learning opportunities at . Celebrate being face-to-face once again at engaging networking and reception events. https://www.eventscribe.net/2022/CRRL/agenda.asp. Register today
From our Boars member Raymond Reynolds Community risk reduction is making sure protection devices function properly. Ever find a sprinkler contractor who didn't drain a test?
We want to congratulate Randy Metz for being elected to the International Code Council Board of Directors by the membership at the annual business mtg. this week. We are looking forward to working with you and the other esteemed group of code officials on the board over the next 3 years.
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