To encourage high professional standards of conduct among fire inspectors

Spring 2022 Conference has Come to a Close

The South Carolina Fire Marshal's Executive Board wants to thank everyone who attended the Spring Conference. Safe travels as you return to your home community. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Fall Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, in November. Check the schedule for dates.

Robby Stevenson Resigns First Vice President

First Vice President Robby Stevenson has resigned his position with the South Carolina Fire Marshal's Association Board effective immediately due to family health issues.

Second Vice President Kevin McClain will move up to First Vice President and Jody Suttles will take over as Second Vice President until our next election.

Code Change Request

The Alaska Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire and Life Safety has proposed code for Chapter 6, section 606.3.3.2 of the 2021 revision. The proposal is to create an exception to the adopted IFC Fire Code and to delete the reference to the ANSI/IKECA C-10 Standard with all other language remaining.

IKECA is asking for your support to ensure that standard 606.3.3.2 existing language remains intact and is not deleted. This will take less than ten minutes, and only the cost of postage.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Read a one-page letter detailing IKECA's request (CLICK TO READ)

Download a two-page form (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD)

Type your name and contact information and print the completed form

Mail form to address provided no later than Friday, December 31, 2021

Email your completed form to lloyd.nakano@alaska.gov and to info@ikeca.org to ensure timely receipt

We thank you all in advance in support of this initiative and your commitment to our industry and trade organization.

Executive Members for 2022 - 2023

Welcome Newest Members to the Association

Please join the Association in welcoming its newest members. The following people have joined the Association since our last Spring Conference.

Jeremy Martin, County of Greenville

Mollie Hodges, County of Greenville

Richard Clifton Alexander, County of Greenville

Jessica L. Jordan, County of Greenville

Melvin "Bill" E. Collins, Midway Fire Rescue

Mark Nugent, Midway Fire Rescue

Darren Brock, County of Greenville

Thomas "Jayson" Edge, City of North Myrtle Beach

Adam Williams, Easley Fire Department

Timothy W. Williams, Abbeville County Fire Department

 

August 6, 2013 Update
Lubrizol's  position regarding the chemical compatibility of antimicrobial coated steel pipe when used with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipes and fittings has been that before using any coated steel pipes with an antimicrobial coating, installers should check with the manufacturers of the steel pipe and/or the manufacturers of the antimicrobial coating for compatibility with CPVC..  In response to numerous industry inquiries, Factory Mutual (FM) modified their nonmetallic (FM 1635) and steel pipe (FM 1630) standards to include testing that demonstrates the chemical compatibility of nonmetallic fire sprinkler pipe with coated steel sprinkler pipe.  This evaluation is a requirement for both types of pipe that are FM approved.  Installers should look for results of testing in accordance with the FM protocols to ensure the compatibility of any coated steel pipes they might use with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipes and fittings.  Additionally, Lubrizol recommends that Allied Steel pipe coated with ABF II not be used in BlazeMaster CPVC systems.
This has been Lubrizol's position for years.   Beginning in 2008, Lubrizol noted that industry concerns were being expressed about antimicrobial coatings, and at that time Lubrizol stated that the Allied ABF II antimicrobial coating ""would not be classified as compatible with CPVC if it were applied directly to the CPVC.""   But Lubrizol began at that time to conduct testing that tried to duplicate a real world level of migration of the ABF II coating to CPVC.  The testing did not show a consistent pattern which would indicate a pervasive problem.  Nevertheless, in January 2009, Lubrizol said:  ""Lubrizol recommends that only non-coated steel piping be used with BlazeMaster® fire sprinkler systems and that aftermarket coating not be used, unless the coating being used, whether applied by the manufacturer or otherwise, has been added to the FGG/BM/CZ™ System Compatible Program.""  Lubrizol's recommendation has continued from that time to the present.  Lubrizol has never recommended the use of ABF II coated pipe with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipe and fittings.

In August 2014 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was taking actions to raise awareness of the hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders following a large propane cylinder rupture on a food truck in Philadelphia, PA, that resulted in deaths and injuries. Their campaign focused, in part, on the basics of how to inspect a cylinder for serviceability, and how to identify an out-of-test cylinder.

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