I want to express my appreciation for the information and advice given in the responses. I now have answers to very fundamental questions and can provide my former colleagues with said information along with the suggestion that a consultant be engaged to develop a plan of action. They will now know what questions to ask and be able to engage in an intelligent conversation with a two way exchange of information.
The International Code Council has / had. some documents for sale via their website that help one navigate through the fire code and definitions.
I say has/had since I have not browsed their publications site for a while.
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On May 9, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU> wrote:
>> Campus officials have provided little help in that we can't learn which IFC Year has been adopted,
> Concrete questions such as you raise often turn out not to have intuitive answers for people without significant code experience, so they are generally best answered by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, usually a local Fire Marshall's office. However, many AHJ's are very busy, particularly when a code change is in progress or the questions relate to an occupancy that they aren't familiar with.
> For this reason, it is often a good investment to find a fire code consultant who has experience working with the AHJ and having the consultant answer the easy questions and then organize the harder questions into a terminology that the AHJ is familiar with. Guessing how a fire marshal will interpret a new code can lead to expensive rework down the line.
> Good luck!
> - Ralph
> Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
> Environmental Safety Manager
> Keene State College
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