FDNY ANNOUNCES PROPOSED NEW FIRE CODE
AND INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced today the New York City Fire Department has completed a final draft of a new Fire Code -- the first comprehensive revision of the City’s Fire Code in almost a century. The changes come after an extensive three-year Fire Code revision project to review and update fire safety standards throughout the City.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed Fire Code by December 28, 2007. A public forum on the new Fire Code will be held at FDNY Headquarters, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY, on December 20, 2007, at 9:30 am.
The current New York City Fire Prevention Code establishes standards and requirements for fire safety in the City, including regulating the manufacturing, storage, handling and use of hazardous and combustible materials, the conduct of various businesses and operations and the design, installation, operation and maintenance of various facilities.
The proposed new Fire Code is based on a model code, the International Fire Code (IFC), which is published by the International Codes Council, Inc. The IFC was carefully reviewed and revised by the Department, including fire officers, engineers, civilian inspectors and legal staff. Throughout the revision project, members of the City Council and the City’s Department of Buildings were consulted, as well as industry representatives from real estate, building management, design/engineering, manufacturing and trade, union and public utility organizations.
By enacting a Fire Code based on the IFC, the City would join a growing number of states and municipalities across the country that has adopted uniform fire safety standards with modifications to address specific local conditions and concerns. The proposed Fire Code would reflect national fire safety standards, while incorporating various existing fire safety requirements that address the unique nature of the City’s urban environment. This model code revision process will focus attention on new fire safety technology and encourage an ongoing evaluation of the City’s Fire Code.
A parallel code revision project was recently completed by the Department of Buildings with respect to the New York City Building Code and enacted into law. The new Fire Code is proposed to take effect on July 1, 2008, to coincide with the effective date of the new Building Code and related construction codes. More information about the submission of comments may be obtained at the Department’s Web site at www.nyc.gov/fdny.
Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Tony Sclafani, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056