The International Code Council: "First Preventers" Dedicated to Safety in the Built Environment

When I joined the fire service in the early 1970s, we were firemen. Then, with the advent of women joining our ranks, we became firefighters. Later, as we became more involved in emergency medical, technical rescue, hazmat and other services, we joined...


When I joined the fire service in the early 1970s, we were firemen. Then, with the advent of women joining our ranks, we became firefighters. Later, as we became more involved in emergency medical, technical rescue, hazmat and other services, we joined the ranks of first responders. Most recently...


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The ICC provides many other services in addition to producing new building and fire codes every three years. To support the correct and consistent application of codes, the ICC has extensive training and certification programs for fire and building officials and the building trades that must follow the codes to construct safe, code-compliant buildings. The ICC provides accreditation and evaluation services through subsidiary organizations in support of ensuring code-compliant materials and processes.

Finally, the ICC employs fire service professionals who work with the fire service at the local, state and national levels. ICC's "Team Fire" is dedicated to serving the ICC fire service members. The next time you're at a conference, learn more about the role you can play by engaging in the fire and building codes process and truly be a "first preventer."

JIM TIDWELL is vice president of government relations for the International Code Council (ICC) and leads the Fire Service Activities team ("Team Fire"), responsible for generating partnerships and enhancing communication with the fire service about regulatory issues of interest to public and firefighter safety. Tidwell served in the Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department for 30 years, including the last seven years as the executive deputy chief, and he was interim chief of department when Larry McMillen retired. Tidwell has been active in the regulatory arena for many years, helping draft the International Fire and Building Codes; serving on the board of directors of the ICC and several fire prevention organizations; and working on public and firefighter safety legislation on the federal, state and local levels.