Canton of Scio wants to tackle fire code
In the Township of Scio, no one has enforced the fire prevention code in the community for over a decade, and to add to that, the fire department sees a significant risk in the business community.
Scio Township Fire Chief Andrew Houde told the Sun Times News (STN) this following the township council’s decision to fix it by ordering Houde to bring back the details for a new one. full-time post of deputy chief / prefect of the fire brigade, with overhead costs that would offset the cost of the post.
“The goal of this position is to work with businesses to reduce their risk of fire / loss, prevent fires and help them meet fire code requirements,” Houde said of the position that would be primarily responsible for fire prevention activities in the township.
Looking at the needs, Houde said since taking over as Township Chief 18 months ago, “we’ve found a lot of easily correctable things businesses could do to reduce risk / comply with the fire code.” .
He said they need someone to work with the business community to correct these issues.
In addition, the position would assist in the management of the department by ensuring, for example, that suppression staff have the extra support they need during major incidents.
Another part of that conversation is the fire code itself, which Houde says is outdated and hasn’t been updated since around 2000.
“The code needs to be reviewed regularly, there have been so many changes in the development of the business / code since our code is obsolete,” he says. “It doesn’t even apply to a part of the industry that is in the township.”
The next step, he said, will be for the fire department to plan to present to city council at its next meeting a recommendation for a fee schedule that will offset the cost of the position, a job description for the position. and an amendment to the ordinance to update the township fire code to coordinate with the state building code.
The next board meeting will be on September 14 at 7 p.m.