Fire Prevention Hosts Property Maintenance-Code Enforcement Workshop for Region

Denton and ThornburgPhotos:  Top-Attorney Glenn Denton, partner with the Denton Law Firm, and ICC Instructor Russell Thornburg addressing the workshop attendees.  Bottom:  Thornburg addressing the workshop attendees.

The Paducah Fire Prevention Division is hosting a one-day training workshop for regional property maintenance and code enforcement officers today at the Julian Carroll Convention Center.   Representatives from approximately a dozen local Kentucky municipalities and counties are attending the workshop to hear presentations from local attorneys and from an instructor for the International Code Council (ICC).

In March 2014, the Fire Prevention Division began coordinating regional meetings with property maintenance and code enforcement officials to compare their standard practices, concerns, and issues.  The group has been meeting every few months with various cities hosting the meetings.

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry says, “Today’s workshop is a result of those networking and discussion meetings.  The group decided that we needed to bring in other experts and instructors to answer our questions and provide clarity regarding the code.  Our goal is provide an overview of recent changes to the code that reflect the most current industry standards and technology.  All of us want to be consistent and clear in our interpretation of the code and how we conduct inspections and code enforcement.” 

Thornburg and attendeesThe instructor for today’s workshop is Russell Thornburg, an ICC instructor.  Thornburg has served as a building official, field inspector, and plans examiner with more than 30 years of construction and inspection experience.  Thornburg leads and develops training sessions for building officials, inspectors, and contractors all over the United States. 

Today’s workshop provides attendees with continuing education credits.  The costs for the workshop were divided among the participating cities and counties.

The Fire Prevention Division also organizes an annual workshop for fire service, electrical, and building professionals.  The fourth annual conference was held October 22-24, 2015.