Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review
The Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review is charged with the development and administrative review of a comprehensive fire code covering the State of Rhode Island. The Board further evaluates the proposed use of new fire-related technology. The Board provides the State Fire Marshal, other state agencies and over 80 fire departments with legal and technical advice. Finally, the Board sits as an adjudicatory body by providing both review of code enforcement decisions made by the State Fire Marshal's Office and granting variances from strict compliance with the code in cases of structural hardship.
The Fire Safety Code, developed and administered by the Fire Board, covers specialized fire protection requirements for hazardous materials and chemicals, flammable and combustible liquids, liquefied petroleum gases, liquefied natural gases, fireworks, model rocketry, heating appliances, spray application of flammable and combustible liquids, welding, use of torches, dust explosion prevention, industrial ovens and furnaces, mechanical refrigeration, combustible fibers and airport refueling operations. In addition, the Fire Safety Code outlines the fire safety requirements of all assembly, educational, daycare, health care, residential board and care, regulatory health care, detention, correctional, hotel, dormitory, apartment, rooming house, mercantile, business, industrial, storage and airport occupancies in the State of Rhode Island. Finally, the Fire Code addresses electrical fire safety, smoking, outdoor fires, fire lanes, commercial cooking equipment, combustible waste, tar kettles, Christmas trees, blasting and explosives.
The Fire Safety Code Commission was established in 1966 by title 23 chapter 28.3 of the Rhode Island General Laws. The statute was amended in 1975 to rename the commission as the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review. The eleven (11) board members are appointed by the Governor with the advise and consent of the Senate. The Governor further designates one member to serve as the Chairman.
Chairman Dana M. Newbrook
Vice Chairperson Marion C. Filippi
Commissioner Mark J. Blackburn
Commissioner W. Keith Burlingame
Commissioner David Dias
Commissioner James B. Jackson
Commissioner William R. Jasparro
Commissioner Stuart D. Pearson
Commissioner Henry Richard, Jr.
Commissioner Frank M. Sylvester
Commissioner Robert Walker
Executive Director Thomas B. Coffey, Jr. Esq.
Deputy Director Carol Marsella
Administrative Aide Desiree Campanini