Comprehensive Model Fire Code
The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) and the Department of Fire Services are working to develop a comprehensive model fire code for Massachusetts. The board recently voted to initiate the promulgation process and eventual adoption of a substantially revised Massachusetts Fire Safety Code (527 CMR). The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with the retention or creation of certain provisions unique to Massachusetts. The adoption of the new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation.
Public Comment Period
The board has created a draft proposed state fire code which is NFPA 1 with the Massachusetts amendments and the public comment period is now open through March 21, 2014. The preliminary amendment report Proposed MA Model Fire Code file size 2MB contains the BFPR Front End Amendments [FEA] to NFPA 1, 2012 edition that have been proposed.
How to Submit Comments
Before initiating the formal, statutory regulatory hearing and adoption process, the board is inviting interested persons to informally review the draft regulations and submit any technical suggestions or remarks by Thursday, March 21, 2014.
The board is also planning an opportunity for the public to submit their written or oral technical remarks in person on Monday, March 3, 2014, from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Rd., Stow, Massachusetts.