The Fire department for Construction broken
into 5 sections much the way the Building department is broken into
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Etc. The Sections of the Fire Dept.
are Suppression (Mechanical/Plumbing - Anything the puts out fire E.G.: Sprinklers), Alarm (Electrical and other - Detects and tells you about the fire), HazMat (Methyl Ethel Bad Stuff, Flammable Liquids and such), Architectural (General - How and why it's Built), and Site (Planning – Getting permission to build. General access, water supply, and other site restraints).
The Fire Department provides comments
through the Planning Department and they issue the approval for site
review. The Approval is your permission from the City Council to
proceed. However, the general comments made in “Memorandum” format are
serious warnings of problems that may exist with the project. As this is
a conceptual stage of the project, the comments tend to be generic in
nature. These comments should be used as a checklist during
design/development. Also, most projects change somewhat as the detailed
design commences. The Access and Water issues may be impacted by
changes, and must be revisited with the Fire Department. Remember that
during Architectural Plan review, the emphasis will be on the Building
Plans, not the site. However, site problems will become obvious at the
time of inspection and moving foundations tends to be a real problem!
Set up the meeting and be prepared to submit 2 sets of plans through
your Planning Representative to the city’s Fire Plans Examiner for
review. Although all specific fire issues can be addressed to and
discussed with the Fire Plans Examiner, the Planning Project Manager
must always be kept informed by the designer and has final say on all
aspects of the project. Note: The number of plans indicated is in addition to those required for other operations.
Architectural rules the roost. You get a
Permit card with your approved architectural review called the FIRE
DEPARTMENT INSPECTION CARD (FDIC), which is the Fire Department’s
Building Permit. This card is broken into 4 sections; Fire Protection Systems; Fire Alarm-Detection Systems; Hazardous Materials Section; and Fire Department-Final Inspection.
These Sections are further broken down into specific Inspections. All
Inspections within the first 3 Sections marked as required by an X, also
require a separate permit submittal from a state licensed specialized
installation sub-contractor (Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, Fuel Piping, Etc.,
contractor)(See below). Protection, Alarm, and HazMat Systems submittals
will not be reviewed at this time. However, they will be stated
as required. You must submit simultaneously for your Architectural
HazMat review. The Top 3 Sections of the FDIC must be finaled prior to
the FDIC “Fire department-Final Inspection” sign off for completion of
the Fire Department Documents.
Again, you may be able to set up the meeting and be prepared to submit 3 sets of plans to the Fire Plans Examiner for review. Note: The number of plans indicated is in addition to those required for other operations.
HazMat will also add comments to the
Architectural review, which is why three sets of plans are needed. Then
the installation professional hired to complete the specialized HazMat
portion(s) of the project will be required to submit plans directly to
HazMat at City Hall for the individual installation permit(s) required,
All Hazmat inspections must be finaled prior to the FDIC “Fire department-Final Inspection”.
Suppression and Alarm:
Life safety has to be performed by specialized
professionals per State law. Hence, each Life Safety System Element
gets its own permit. This could be a lot of permits depending on how
many systems are required to be installed. The specialized, licensed
professional that will perform the installation must submit these
permits. The submittal(s) cannot be made until the FDIC has been
issued. The installation professional(s) hired to complete the
specialized Life Safety portion(s) of the project will be required to
submit plans directly to the Fire Plans Examiner at City Hall for the
individual installation permit(s) required, if any.
All “Protection and Alarm” inspections must be finaled prior to the FDIC “Fire department-Final Inspection”.