Committee: Code

Contact: Patrick Farrens, Chair - [email protected]

2022 Mission: The mission of the Code Committee is to develop the Minnesota fire code on an ongoing basis, to maintain an active posture of participation in the national model code process, to provide a forum for the identification, discussion, and preparation of recommendations for fire code-related issues submitted by any interested parties and to provide for the review of fire code related decisions.

2022 Report: The ICC model codes are reviewed every six years by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association Code Committee in Minnesota. The Code Committee consists of professionals representing the fire service, building officials, architects, fire protection professionals, and fire alarm designers. With the adoption and implementation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code in March 2021, the Committee now has time to evaluate the current code and prepare for the next code adoption process. Membership has changed again and we believe we have a great representation from across the state to review the next code cycle. We would like to thank all members, that have participated in the past and look forward to learning from and working with the members that have recently joined the committee. During the past few months, the committee has met to discuss the current code and any known concerns. Additionally, through the connections of committee member Scott Futrell, the committee was able to participate in a training, and question/answer session with Tesla regarding emerging technologies. The Code Committee is made up of dedicated professionals from several different disciplines. During code adoption years, we meet twice a month for about a half-day. We are always looking for chiefs interested in fire prevention, especially from the greater Minnesota area.

If you have any recommendations or questions, don’t hesitate to contact Code Committee Chair Patrick Farrens at 763-494-6091 or email [email protected].

2022 Code Committee Members

Chair: Patrick Farrens, Deputy Chief, Maple Grove Fire Dept. [email protected]

Bill Beumer, Fire Inspector, Maple Grove Fire Dept. Tom Brace, Representative of National Fire Sprinkler Association

Brad Feist, Fire Chief, Rogers Fire Dept.

Chris Ferguson, Fire Marshal, Rochester Fire Dept.

Scott Futrell, Representative of Society of Fire Protection Engineers – Minn.

Rossi Gangl, Fire Marshal, Hibbing Fire Dept.

Rick Hauffe, ICC Liasion

Jeff Hemenway, Fire Protection System Inspector, St. Paul DSI Mallory Holmen, Building Official Representative

Thomas Jenson, Deputy State Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal Division

Roger ‘Lars’ Larson, Representative of American Institute of Architects – Minn.

Kevin McGinty, Deputy State Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal Division

Scott McKown, Representative of Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Dan Moorhead, Representative of American Fire Alarm Association – Minn.

John Piper, Fire Chief, Coon Rapids Fire Dept.

Tom Pitschneider, Fire Marshal, Shakopee Fire Dept.

Michael Post, Fire Marshal, St. Cloud Fire Dept.

Cary Smith, Fire Marshal, St. Louis Park Fire Dept.

Kris Skow, Deputy Fire Marshal, Rogers Fire Dept.

Dale Specken, Fire Chief, Hopkins Fire Dept.

Andy Speltz, Fire Marshal, Red Wing Fire Dept.

James Williamette, Building Official Representative Forrest Williams, Supervisor, State Fire Marshal Division

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