The power of MHI to bring product manufacturers, users and regulators together in a mutually beneficial and collaborative environment was recently demonstrated in an effort that halted changes to the fire code that could have had dire consequences for first responders.
The Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC), which is a committee under the International Code Council (ICC) umbrella, had proposed several revisions to the fire code pertaining to automated rack storage. The provisions would allow a fire chief to override emergency shutoff systems that automatically cut power to the automated system when sprinklers activate. The fire chief would have the ability to operate the cranes to allow firefighters to ride on the cranes with their equipment to attain better access to the fire.
By Pat Davison, MHI Director of Standards