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VFPA Joins Habitat for Humanity Project

On May 19, 2016 VFPA West Delegate at Large Randy Peirce had an opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity as well as other stake holder groups from Virginia as they began building a home for a wounded veteran in Hampton, Virginia.  Gary Hope a person that served in our military and his 9 year old daughter Diamonique will soon be living in a new home that is Virginia Designed and Energy Efficiency. As part of ICC Building Safety Month, a volunteer work crew that included a state housing executive along with building and fire safety officials codes officers from around Virginia put down their phones and picked up hammers. They wanted to help Gary and his daughter, who are currently living with friends, move up in style.

All participants in the project

The program that led to the new home is called Habitat for Heroes. The name might ring a bell. As it is an outgrowth of Habitat for Humanity which has been active on the Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg for more than 30 years.  The Union Street project represents the first Habitat for Heroes house for the Peninsula-Greater Williamsburg chapter. The new house going up on Union Street represents a dream come true for Army veteran Gary Hope and Diamonique. They will have lower electricity bills thanks to energy-efficient construction and Diamonique will get her own bedroom which she's already picked out.  Gary is fully disabled due to injuries from an on-post traffic accident at Fort Huachuca in Arizona some years ago, and he'll appreciate the wide hallways and doorways.

Building and fire code officials from the State of Virginia and Habitat for hero’s shared in giving back to a person that served in our military this was a great chance for us to give back.  The group consisted of approximately 20 people from DHCD, VPMIA, VBCOA, VFPA, WICKED as well as some other volunteers that worked together to stand up and frame all the walls for the interior and exterior.  DHCD provided lunch for everyone and Randy had a great opportunity to refresh some of code knowledge on residential framing and construction, and enjoy fellowship working together as a part of the team.  I am happy VFPA was represented as a part of this event and would recommend to anyone to join in future events. 

George Hollingsworth, VFPA President

VFPA West Delegate-at-Large participates in the event 

Statewide Fire Prevention Code Update - Notice

The “editorial” review of the SFPC has been completed according to DHCD. There will be no additional SFPC sub-workgroup meetings. The fire code edits are slated to be heard at the June 9th “Fire Code review ONLY of Workgroup #2”. This meeting is being held at the Henrico Training Center Room 2029 and 2030 9:30 a.m. Henrico Training Room 7701 E. Parham Road Henrico, VA 23294 (according to the DHCD website)

Statements from a member of the SFPC sub-workgroup indicate a belief that the "fire service doesn’t have any complaints because they really haven’t had a good turnout and they haven’t spoken up and let people know what they feel and what they want."

June 9th is your opportunity to be heard if you have any comments. Once posted by DHCD, the document may be found on the Virginia DHCD website in Virginia's Online Code Development Process (cdpVA) link at  http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/va-building-codes/building-and-fire-codes/code-change-process.html

Rise In Mulch Fires Draws Warning In Loudoun County

A recent rise in mulch fires has resulted in the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office warning the public of the importance of awareness.  To see the full news release click here.

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