Hundreds of safety advocates pack New York City Council hearing to support NFPA building code

Published on December 1, 2004
Fire service, tenants groups, health care facilities, and others urge City to use NFPA code

New York, December 1, 2004 — New York City’s firefighters, fire officers and hundreds of other public safety advocates are calling on the New York City Council to adopt a model building code developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). During a hearing yesterday before the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, hundreds of NFPA supporters urged Council members to back Intro. 368, a bill that would adopt NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®, as the basis for New York’s city wide building code.

The presidents of two leading fire service organizations in the City -- the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA), Local 854; and the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), Local 94 -- urged the City Council to adopt the NFPA model building code.

During the hearing, Peter Gorman, president of the UFOA, Local 854 said the NFPA code will “provide the right level of safety and protection for New York Cityfire officers and firefighters as well as the public we serve.”

Stephen Cassidy, president of the UFA, Local 94, pointed out that technical experts had evaluated NFPA’s code and the other code under consideration in New York City. “I am convinced the NFPA’s building code is the best basis for New York City’s building code,” said Cassidy.

In addition to representatives of the fire service, City Council members heard support for NFPA’s code from representatives of ACORN, health care facilities, the architectural community, people with disabilities, and others involved in the field of construction and building safety.

Council Member Robert Jackson, sponsor of Intro. 368 said, “Today’s hearing shows how broad the support for NFPA’s code in New York Cityis. It is clearly the right code for New York City.” Intro 368 is already co-sponsored by more than 30 Council members. The Committee on Housing and Buildings will likely have additional hearings on the building code issue.

NFPA 5000 is part of a full set of codes for the built environment developed by NFPA and its partners. The Comprehensive Consensus Codes (C3) represents the only full set of construction-codes developed through processes accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S.voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The 300 NFPA technical committees responsible for developing and updating codes and standards include 6,000 volunteers, representing enforcing authorities, installation and maintenance, labor, research and testing, insurance, special experts, consumers, and other users.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.