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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 9, 2013



Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano announced today that the city will hold a public forum next week on proposed changes to the New York City Fire Code which have been developed during a two-year review of the Code enacted in 2008. The forum will be held at Fire Department headquarters in downtown Brooklyn (9 MetroTech Center) on Wednesday, August 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Among the proposed changes are new, simplified emergency preparedness requirements for large buildings and occupancies, including hospitals, nursing homes, department stores, college classroom and dormitory buildings. If enacted, the changes will adapt the type of preparedness plans to the type of occupancy, making it easier for building owners and managers both to prepare and to file emergency plans. Additionally, the changes will expand the scope of mandated emergency planning from fires to non-fire emergency situations, encompassing power outages, medical emergencies and acts of terrorism.

Final changes to the Fire Code must be approved by the City Council.

“One of the key requirements of the 2008 Fire Code legislation was to regularly review the Code and propose changes that will both maintain the highest levels of public safety and keep the code current and relevant,” said Fire Commissioner Cassano. “We have fulfilled that obligation and are seeking approval of these revisions to make our city’s structures even safer for all who live, work and visit here.” 

The proposed changes were developed after a comprehensive review of the existing Fire Code during the last two years that involved various stakeholder groups, including: fire safety professionals, building owners and managers, architects and engineers, and public utility representatives; along with the participation of the Department of Buildings (DOB) and City Council personnel. (A parallel code revision project was recently completed by the DOB.)

This is the first cyclical review of the Fire Code as required – every three years – under the 2008 Local Law revisions. The new Code is based on the International Fire Code – a model adopted by jurisdictions throughout the United States, with amendments to address the unique New York City environment. The Code was also made more transparent with improved organization, adoption of national standards, and cross-referencing with other City codes.

A full listing of the proposed Fire Code revisions can be found at the following link:

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Elisheva Zakheim, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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