Training and Development: History of Fire and Fire Codes

WOBO as part of its extended initiatives for 2024 have elected to provide greater emphasis on training and development.  This will include a selection of articles, power points and online activities in due course.  Feel free to share this information with your contacts and encourage them to become members of WOBO and contribute to the creation and maintenance of a safe and secure built environment. 

A collaboration of historic fires and  subsequent fire code changes

Since its inception, fire has been a vital part of humankind’s existence and survival.

  • Years of experience, incidents, tragedies, and education has helped evolve how people handle, control, prevent, contain, and to provide the safest conditions for all with the phenomenon known as fire.
  •  Agencies such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Code Council (ICC), Underwriter’s Laboratories (U.L.) have been monumental in the development of codes that limit the devastating effect that fire creates.

“We think 100 dead in a fire conflagration is behind us…yet one only has to look to the Rhode Island night club in 2003 when over 100 people died because of sound proofing foam put all over the walls and covering emergency exits. We can still see the lack of fire code enforcement still costs hundreds of lives. Can you imagine 100 people dying in a single fire in 2003? The hardest part of my job is convincing people enforcing fire codes matter.”
-Ray Reynolds, Iowa State Fire Marshal

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History of Fire and Fire Codes

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