The Fire Chief’s Role

“A firefighting response is pretty much always the result of failure in some part of the building system. Ultimately, burning buildings and their occupants live and die according to Code and it is very difficult for us to outperform that reality.”
– Alan Brunacini, Phoenix Fire Department, 2006 Career Fire Chief of the Year

HVAC Fire Life Safety initiatives and programs will not succeed without the support and advocacy of the local fire chief and fire department. As a respected spokesperson for fire protection in your community, it is recommended that you be able to speak fluently about the benefits of properly-functioning HVAC fire life safety systems and to educate key stakeholders. Your fire marshal may be the lead technical person on this matter, but leveraging your role as a leader in the battle for fire safety will play a crucial part in achieving positive results. Please take time to familiarize yourself with:
  • The requirements in the Codes
  • The reasons behind the Codes
  • The process of getting your local jurisdiction to adopt the latest NFPA and IRC Codes (if they haven’t already)
  • How proper hands-on inspection, testing, maintenance and repair by ICB-certified HVAC Fire Life Safety professionals can save lives, minimize property damage and improve the firefighting response
Two HVAC Fire Life Safety videos entitled "Reducing the Risk", which addresses the need for proper inspection of smoke and fire dampers by ICB Certified Fire and Smoke Damper Technicians, and "Controlling Smoke" which addresses the importance of hiring ICB Certified Smoke Control Systems Technicians to keep stairwell pressurization fans operating at optimal levels are now available for viewing on YouTube. Please click on the title to be connected these videos.

To find an ICB-certified HVAC fire life safety contractor that serves your area, please visit

The National Energy Management Institute (NEMIC) will be happy to schedule a free presentation in your area to provide you with tools and resources designed to help educate your constituents. Please call David Bernett, NEMIC Administrator at (703) 739-7100 or email him at