Pressel: Bill adding protection for firefighters signed into law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, June 1, 2018

STATEHOUSE (June 1, 2018) – Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday ceremonially signed into law legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) supporting firefighter safety and housing affordability.

The bill signing took place at the 42nd Annual Indiana Professional Firefighters Union Convention in Carmel.

Pressel, owner of a home building and remodeling business and former president of the Indiana Builders Association, said the new law creates a reporting system to inform fire departments of any new structures in their jurisdiction built with advanced structural components. According to Pressel, this information is important to firefighters because these materials, though more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and structurally sound, can burn at a faster rate.

“With this new notification requirement, firefighters and emergency responders will have additional information about the structures they are responding to in the event of a fire,” Pressel said. “Adding this reporting system helps public safety officers to do their jobs safely and potentially save Hoosier lives.”

Building commissioners will be required to notify local fire departments as well as 911 call centers of any structures using advanced structural components no more than 90 days after issuing a building permit. These call centers will have to maintain and relay this information in the event of an emergency run to that address.

The law also requires the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission to update Indiana’s residential building code by Jan. 1, 2020.

“Revising the code periodically to reflect improvements in firefighting and construction can help keep our Hoosier residents and firefighters safe,” Pressel said.

This new law goes into effect July 1.

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State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: (Left to right, seated) State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) joins Gov. Eric Holcomb, Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana Vice President Michael Whited and Raeanne Orebaugh, widow of Muncie firefighter Scott Davis, for a ceremonial bill signing on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Annual Indiana Professional Firefighters Union in Carmel. Pressel sponsored a new law that works to support firefighter safety and housing affordability.