About the Law
A little bit of information about trusses
The Bill that took effect December 19, 2009 is referred to as The Aldridge/Benge Firefighter Safety Act (ABFSA)
This Bill was created to save Firefighters' lives and was signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist on June 17, 2008 which became effective on December 13, 2009.
Named in honor of two Orange County Firefighters, Todd Aldridge and Mark Benge, who died in 1989 after the roof of a gift shop collapsed; the bill is called the Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act.
The Aldridge-Benge Firefighter Safety Act will require owners of any commercial, industrial, or any multi-unit residential structure, to mark these buildings in a manner that identifies them as light-frame truss-type construction. The approved signs and symbols are designed to alert firefighters of the construction material and allow them to modify their strategy and tactics for fighting fires in buildings with light truss roofs and/or floors.
State of Florida Statute 633.027
633.027 Buildings with light-frame truss-type construction; notice requirements; enforcement.
(1) The owner of any commercial or industrial structure, or any multiunit residential structure of three units or more, that uses light-frame truss-type construction shall mark the structure with a sign or symbol approved by the State Fire Marshal in a manner sufficient to warn persons conducting fire control and other emergency operations of the existence of light-frame truss-type construction in the structure.
(2) The State Fire Marshal has adopted rule 69A-3.012 to implement the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to:
State of Florida Fire Marshal Rule 69A-3.012
Standards of the National Fire Protection Association and Other Standards Adopted. (1) Except as specifically modified by statute or by the State Fire Marshal’s rules, the Florida specific edition of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code®, 2006 edition and the Florida specific edition of NFPA 1, the Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition, as adopted within Rule Chapter 69A-60, F.A.C., entitled the “2007 edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code,”
SEE e-Designs signs meet the reflectivity requirements of the Act and we use long lasting exterior reflective vinyl film and process reflective paint for the Firefighter’s Maltese Cross and the R or F or RF lettering. Signs have 3/16” pre-drilled holes in each corner and with proper installation will meet Florida wind code requirements.
To our firefighters, who risk it all to keep us safe!
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