PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) held another successful “Lunch Dozen Networking Series” networking event on Wednesday, October 24.
This month’s speaker was Brian Ricci, Deputy OEM Coordinator and Fire Inspector with Parsippany’s Division of Fire Prevention. Brian is also a volunteer member of Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire Department District 5.
Brian discussed proper uses of fire extinguishers, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning and talked about numerous do’s and don’t regarding commercial businesses.
“October is Fire Prevention Month” said Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member Frank Cahill, “and we felt it was an appropriate time to hold a networking event with Brian.”
“When it comes to fire protection for commercial buildings, mistakes are never an option. If an error is made in fire protection, serious and irreversible damage can occur to the building itself and the contents within. Building occupants can also be placed in harm’s way should a flaw in fire protection occur. In order to keep your commercial building safe, consider the following dos and don’ts within fire protection,” said Brian Ricci.
The Parsippany Division of Fire Prevention is tasked with enforcing the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code in all commercial properties located within the Township of Parsippany. In addition, the Division is responsible for issuing appropriate permits, certificates for home sales and/or rentals, planning for events, assisting with emergency response, and public education in conjunction with the township’s six Fire Districts, three EMS agencies, Police, and many other stakeholders. In order to accomplish these tasks, the Division is staffed by one full time Fire Official, four full time Fire Inspectors, and one full time Administrative Assistant. The Fire Official and Fire Inspectors are state certified to requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey Division of Fire and Safety and completed required continuing education yearly.
In 2017, the Division started an aggressive education program that branched out from just the township schools. Inspectors now present Fire Safety to businesses including a variety of topics that encompass fire safety in the workplace, home, school, as well as time of year specific events. In addition to presentations, the Division owns and operates a Fire Safety Trailer and Fire Extinguisher prop that allows the user to practice extinguishing a real fire under a controlled environment. In 2018, the Division adopted “Prevention Through Education” as the standard to which all actions are measured to. Whether inspections in commercial settings or education at schools, the Division believes that Prevention is much more than code enforcement.
Parsippany Fire Prevention is located at 46 Gibraltar Drive, Morris Plains.
Board Member Nicolas Limanov scheduled Mr. Ricci to speak during our luncheon series. If you are interested in speaking contact Nicolas or Executive Board Member Frank Cahill at (973) 402-6400 or click here to visit our website.
PACC is a service organization for businesses, merchants, residents, and volunteers that provides education, information, and networking opportunities to the Parsippany Area. We work with our local and county governments and stand ready to pursue any matter that can make our community a better place in which to live, conduct business, and make a living. We promote a healthy and more prosperous economic climate.