Committee: Code

Contact: Laura McCarthy, Chair -  [email protected]

2019 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.

2018 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.

2018 Committee Report: In Minnesota, the ICC model codes are reviewed every six years by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Code Committee. The Code Committee consists of twenty-five professionals representing the fire service, building officials, architects, fire protection, and
fire alarm designers.

This committee has had a busy eight months. Last November we began the arduous task of reviewing the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC). We were given a very aggressive time line to complete the review of the changes between the 2018 IFC and the current 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code (2012 IFC with state amendments). The process has included the review of the applicability of current amendments and the development of new language to be incorporated in what will become the 2020 Minnesota State Fire Code. The committee’s recommended modifications have been submitted and reviewed by the Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) committees at the Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD).

In addition, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) committees and Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) that are established by the Department of Labor and Industry join in a rigorous Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) process established 

in the Administrative Procedures Act. The Administrative Law Judge reviews the document to insure compliance with the Act and the rulemaking process provided by Minnesota Statute Chapter 14. Following the rules established in the Act, the document is then made available to the public for review and comment. If twenty-five people register an objection to the adoption of the code or some provision a public hearing is held. The last step before the rule is approved for adoption into the State Register is with the Governor who has the final opportunity to review the proposed rule.

On behalf of the Committee I would like to welcome 6 new committee members: Bill Beumer Fire Inspector for Maple Grove Fire Department, Brian Brom System Sales for Low Voltage Systems Integration, Jake Lindquist Deputy State Fire Marshal, Scott McKown Assistant Director for CCLD, Tim Pitschneider Fire Marshal for Shakopee Fire Department and Kris Skow-Fiske Fire Inspector for Rogers Fire Department.

The committee had one retirement. Marilyn Arnlund, Deputy Chief for the Maple Grove Fire Department retired June 29. She dedicated 25 years to this committee. Her passion, dedication and commitment to this committee will be greatly missed. Congratulations Chief Arnlund!

The Code Committee is made up of several dedicated people from several different disciplines. During code adoption years we meet twice a month for about a half day. We are always looking for chiefs with an interest in fire prevention and the codes, in particular chiefs from the greater Minnesota area. If you are interested in joining the Code Committee, please call me. We are looking to diversify the knowledge base of the committee with representation from as many applicable organizations as possible.

  • Chair: Laura McCarthy, Assistant Chief Fire Prevention, Bloomington
  • Rich Duysen, Fire Chief, Moorhead
  • Brad Feist, Fire Chief, Rogers
  • Kevin McGinty, Deputy State Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal Division
  • Tom Pitschneider, Fire Marshal, Shakopee Fire Department
  • John Piper, Fire Chief, Coon Rapids
  • Cary Smith, Fire Marshal, St. Louis Park
  • Dale Specken, Fire Chief, Hopkins
  • Forrest Williams, Supervisor, State Fire Marshal Division

2017 Code Committee Report

Code Committee File Library