Get Involved in the Code Development Process

BY SEAN DeCRANEAs firefighters, we tend to bury ourselves in the performance aspects of our jobs. We probably do not even think about one of the things that most strongly determines what dangers we will face—the building codes. There is a general belief that the codes will get more restrictive each year, thus making buildings less and less dangerous to firefighters. But this may not be the case. The growing trend of allowing sprinkler system trade-offs that allow for the elimination of fire safety redundancies in construction, the use of lightweight construction, and making egress corridors longer and narrower in new structures are increasing the risks for firefighters.As a firefight...

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