Sen. Stamas, Fire Chief Coughlin testify on fire safety bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin testified on Wednesday before the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Stamas’ legislation to add valuable fire safety knowledge to a state commission dealing with construction codes.

“The safety of all Michigan residents would be greatly enhanced if we made sure that someone with proper fire protection expertise was on the state’s Construction Code Commission,” Stamas said. “This legislation would require that someone on the commission has an extensive background in fire prevention and inspection.

“I want to thank Chief Coughlin for stepping forward with this idea, and I look forward to working with him and my legislative colleagues to enact this commonsense reform.”

Senate Bill 279 would require the state fire marshal’s designee on the Construction Code Commission to be certified as a fire protection specialist or as a fire inspector and plans examiner by the National Fire Protection Association.

The 17-member commission was created 1972 to assist the housing industry in improving the quality of housing for Michigan residents.

The bill was approved by the committee and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.


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