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1. Are your fire inspectors certified as building inspectors? Yes (Appointed by council for fire safety related issues)
2. Do your fire inspectors conduct plans review? Yes (Building permits are not to be issued without the Fire Department’s approval. However this does not apply to single family residential buildings). On average, 6.5% of our time is spent conducting plans review.
3. Do your fire inspectors conduct inspections on new construction / alterations (building permit issued)? Yes. On average 12.4% of our time is spent conducting building inspections.
4. Does your building department pay the wages of your fire inspectors that do plans review? (Are they paid an hourly rate by the building department for their services?) No, not directly, but all municipal revenues including building permit fees and development charges go into the same account. The fire department costs come out of that account.
5. Does your building department cover the cost of BCIN courses, building codes, exams and annual certification? No. Same answer as #4. Courses, codes and annual certifications are budgeted for by the fire department and approved by council.
The OBC allows doors, other than those in a Group A Division 1, to have a flamespread rating of not more than 200. [Div. B, 188.8.131.52.(2)] The type of material that the door is constructed of will affect the rating. Metal and most wood doors are acceptable. Coverings of most alkyd and latex paints will also satisfy this requirement. The thing to watch for is a shellac or lacquer covering which may cause the door to exceed the permitted flamespread.
We have a system similar to Scott’s. The main difference is that if no Fire Prevention personell is available, we call a private security company to secure the scene until an Inspector is available(could be monday morning). That allows the fire crew to go back in service. We recover the security fees from the insurance company.
Good question. The size limits in the OBC are different for both. The required FRR is also affected by the answer. As the shutter is initiated by the fire alarm, I would expect it would by tested monthly and considered an ancillary device under CAN/ULC-S536. This would require electrical supervision of the power source? The back up battery would also require testing and maintenace. All this would be identified in the fire safety plan. I am curious to know if these panels hold up over time? What about all those moving parts? What preventative maintenace can be put into place to ensure that the correct operation of the device does not soley fall onto the fire department inspector when he shows up to conduct an inspection.(perhaps an annual inspection by the manufacturer). What happens when the business/property changes ownership? Objective-Based Codes???…