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Sean DeCrane interview

Wed, 18 Mar 2009|

Battalion Chief Sean DeCrane of the Cleveland (OH) Fire Department talks to Bobby Halton at FDIC 2008.



Hi welcome to on the road volley home and we're live from FDIC 2008. And I'm here at my good friend Sean to crane Sean thanks for joining us this reflection because everything and Ohio. It's finally warming -- Missouri advocates -- snow since March 1 over its. We're still some snow piles and I was -- -- -- there. But Sean isn't involved in several projects from a touch and -- -- -- to touch -- a -- for the IFF you're actually aide told represented that I guess would be that -- director of the representative to the International Code Council. And how's that what do you do in that capacity what your job working for the -- capacity to represent the. Firefighters interest in the building codes and fire codes and as the building code process is involved it's between. No industry. Seeking to get certain products inserted into the -- what's required and it's -- code so we have to protect our members and we're trying to do that and its engineering. A lot of listeners so it's code that's engineered to the minimum. It's the minimum standards. And what we bring as firefighters we bring the real life experience we have to -- in turn. Debate technical engineering aspects of of the building codes what we're trying to encourages. That line firefighters come up to the microphones in this what I see in real life to -- the building reacts. So how do you. You have to attend meetings and I guess you represented the you just -- information back or you actually vote or how does that work well only to early to. Entities that can vote those are government officials -- -- -- officials and fire officials they had the final vote. It's two step process there's -- code -- hearing which we just had recently in California. Which is a two week ordeal of go that -- it's an ordeal. But anyone could -- -- -- proposal to change to -- And what happens at these -- also put forth for the committee is committed thirteen people that -- -- -- -- And the committee decides to approve or disapprove. A code -- During that it's it's a debate each of the proponent any opponent which have two minutes to go to microphone two -- -- -- person. Speak why they support this motion or why they do not support motion what what's he just -- There's a rebuttal period and in the -- you'll vote. And what happens after this processes and they post what the results were the public action hearing. And video period of time for public comments where you can think of a firefighter centered soft. The introduction of lightweight construction to residential code and -- -- -- office had said this is right he can submit a code for -- -- public comment. -- -- the final action hearings which will be in September September 17 to 23 Minneapolis. And at that what's again the committee is disposed of therapy of microphones in the microphones now facing the audience. These proponents and opponents are speaking to us as fire officials building officials because we're deciding factor. And then I'll take a vote and then we'll decide whether that -- proposal goes forth or is discarded. And that's where we can really bring the power -- -- service and and to this process. So nine you do that they -- Getting the firefighters to -- -- code has always been -- but it seems like it's gotten better and I think that. We're seeing glued trusses were seeing things again it's just look at gals look at ago. Okay this is crazy and we have talked to somebody about it so I think the interest is growing well shouldn't you -- -- a radio show now that you started. We came up with the titles -- put someone else came up this title I think it's outstanding by the way but. We think compared to it clicking Clinton and PR you know with the the current -- the Carter -- -- but it it's actually been we've had to so far. I think it's been informative through -- over the results. And chicken -- have been discussing having guest appearances on this is geography Jack Murphy. Four -- for for Marshall going in New Jersey and New -- -- -- in the hospital building industry check and I get associate or we're gonna code meeting in Chicago. And they were talking about -- go through a book series I -- rapid rapid incident command system yes. And in this code reading to sort of tuchman acceptable losses. In the built -- -- in buildings and have to this conversation went on for 510 minutes. Raise my hand -- What about us we're going in those buildings to get the acceptable losses and we're told not to worry about it -- that's I think when. Check and I our eyes met and whose office so -- the farm berm -- -- radio. Just plug it's OK to issue most -- Could you talk about things like -- codes are developed look those are happening right now where we need people who vote how to -- come of the ICC. Things are critically important that we're gonna get out there. The biggest I think the biggest information we're trying to get this you know it's 30000. -- -- personal Internet yes just thirsting for knowledge. You can look at the attendance at -- the tactical. Speeches and urgency presentations and what we're doing. No but how do we get to the building construction that that is being thrust upon us. In the message here is well we can change your tactics we can continues to do this or. We can Jews and others are -- option also -- to get involved in establishing what those construction practices are. Process -- no outs and I think that we have to get involved we we we have to get informed now. You're involved -- other things as well. Others vision 20/20 projectors. And there are few projects out there among the community for ICC -- looking at. With a high editors criminal matters are to build buildings and you've also come over the building marking system similar to our. A -- forces exactly -- -- -- construction exactly it's it's based animal t.s crossed. And it's it's it is -- Maltese cross space and some software system. And we've heard a lot of -- out there about. Marking trust buildings we've got to identify which buildings contained trusses. And if we really look at it the problems are not just trusses but -- liquid products -- general -- the others -- -- was that there. You know -- of built up -- rough. Right whatever is in if you don't see that trust pocketing and you may have a false security. In this Maltese cross -- give you to take construction yet -- the load hazard. Whether sprinkler whether it's partially -- where that sprinkling system -- And the senator is tactical considerations were a local jurisdiction consider couldn't. Now the radio show how to -- at Wimbledon and after the they can market is call me and myself opponents 2162246150. They can email us. Go through my email -- ROC. Pelosi factory -- you know that come. So I guess because -- -- so technically company economic community say you know where you can just human values -- we're still looking for no actually I am in the communities again a couple of emails up. So that goes through. -- -- straight through that into the firearm that absolutely so just -- to -- to crane on the community website version there's not just don't know disagree that it secretly supposed to information through this Katrina market system I think that's the future of accuracy that. I'm never going to -- it's designed to be used just like emergency response guidebook in the first twenty minutes of the incident why that company officers masking -- I'm -- -- great stuff. Fish on -- -- and you gotta run teacher classroom because I write my friend Clinton and nettles. But thank you for coming on the road -- my pleasure. -- out there be careful up there.

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