Hazardous Materials Committee – Northern Division
Lynne M. Kilpatrick
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Hazardous Materials Committee 2014 Annual Report
The Committee continued its efforts and ongoing goal to increase member participation and recruit new members. Attendance was consistently three to five active participants at regular NorCAL monthly meetings throughout the year. Committee Co-Chairs Kilpatrick and Munson are committed to continuing to encourage and inspire new fire service members to participate in this technical and important Committee.
Danielle Stefani of Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department continued her participation in the CUPA Forum Board’s Health & Safety Code (HSC) Chapter 6.95 Workgroup on behalf of the FPO’s. This Workgroup actively worked to propose and review the SB-1261 changes to the Hazardous Materials Business Plan that were adopted in the Health and Safety Code in 2014.
The Hazardous Materials Committee did not host any formal training classes in 2014 but is working closely with the Fire Service Education Committee to bring forward classes that will be helpful to field fire inspectors. The Committee identified several emerging technologies not addressed by current codes and is working to develop guidance documents for distribution to local agencies on these topics for distribution in 2015 in addition to developing potential code changes to the 2015 International Fire Code .
Members of the Hazardous Materials Committee participated and monitored meetings of the Western Regional Fire Code Action Committee that is in the process of preparing code changes to submit to the ICC Building Code development process. In addition, Committee Co-Chair Lynne Kilpatrick participated as a voting member and fire service representative on the NFPA 400 (Hazardous Materials Code) Technical Committee that met in St. Paul, MN in August 2014.
Committee members reviewed and provided comments on the draft Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook being developed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. The Guidebook is intended to provide an in-depth discussion of the hydrogen station permitting process and suggested best practices for local and regional governments, businesses, and residents seeking to open a hydrogen fueling station in their community.