Fire Protection Systems Branch
The Fire Protection Systems Branch is comprised of two primary functional units: Acceptance Testing and Retesting. These units are responsible for the following:
- Acceptance and approval newly installed, modified, or replaced fire protection equipment and systems
- Periodic inspection and witnessed testing of existing fire protection equipment and systems
- Investigates reports of improperly maintained, faulty, or inoperative fire protection equipment and systems
ACCEPTANCE TESTING UNIT
The Acceptance Testing Unit is primarily responsible for the inspection and witnessed acceptance testing of new or modified fire protection equipment and systems that are part of new construction projects, building alterations, and system replacements or retrofit. These inspections and witnessed tests are required to ensure compliance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and with applicable referenced standards such as NFPA 13 and NFPA 72. Additionally, the unit also inspects and witnesses acceptance testing of special locking arrangements permitted in certain buildings and occupancies
In addition to being Assistant Fire Marshals with the authority to enforce the Fire Prevention Code, inspectors conducting acceptance inspections and tests are considered technical assistants of the County Building Official (DPWES).
NOTICE >> After-hours acceptance testing and inspection services are not available at this time. << NOTICE
The Retesting Unit is primarily responsible for the periodic inspection and witnessed retesting of existing fire protection equipment and systems previously approved by the Fire Marshal on behalf of the Building Official. These inspections and witnessed tests are required by the Fire Prevention Code to ensure proper system function, maintenance, and compliance with applicable referenced standards, such as NFPA 25, and with the original standards under which the fire protection system was designed and installed.
In addition to periodic inspections and witnessed retests, the Retesting Unit administers the faulty fire protection equipment program which investigates and tracks reports of improperly maintained, faulty, or inoperative fire protection equipment and systems in existing buildings. The majority of these reports are submitted by the uniformed officers of the Fire & Rescue Department's Operations Bureau.
RELEVANT LINKS & PUBLICATIONS
- Smoke Alarm Requirements (PDF)
- Fire Protection Equipment & Systems - Construction Permit Requirements (PDF)
- Acceptance Testing of Fire Protection Systems & Special Locks: Scheduling Guidelines
- Dry Sprinkler Failures (PDF)
- Posting of Central Station Monitoring Company Information (PDF)
- Fire Department Building Access
- Faulty Fire Protection Equipment Report (PDF) ( For Local Fire Department Use Only )