This is to limit the probability of delays or ineffectiveness in conducting firefighting operations, which could lead to the spread of fire that could lead to the damage of your property.
A Fire Safety Plan IS that “Owner’s Manual” specially designed for the building owner and/or occupant(s) to identify legal responsibilities and activities necessary for the protection of life and property specific to the building and its use.
(Places where people gather such as schools, restaurants, churches, meeting halls, theatres, community centres).
(Examples: hot work, spray painting, coating or dipping operations, woodworking or other operations creating combustible dusts, laboratory, dry cleaning operations, industrial baking and drying processes).
But, you will need to make sure that it contains absolutely everything that is required by the Fire Code, the local Fire Bylaw and fire department requirements. You might be surprised at just how much time and skill this will take as well as how much information needs to be gathered!
The Fire Department may charge a review fee AND additional fees for each subsequent revision where corrections are needed.
In fact, the Fire Code makes 26 references in Parts 2 through 5, requiring persons being appropriately “trained” or having adequate “training” within. Robert Furlong Design Co. can provide hands-on training for the building owner, supervisory staff and selected building personnel to ensure your Fire Code compliance.
Many fire departments are overloaded with regular daily activities and simply do not have sufficient time for this purpose. Fire Departments recognize that the owner’s customized Fire Safety Plan can be designed to include vitally important fire emergency response information in a form and format useable within the local Fire Department resources.
Robert Furlong Design Co. can develop or upgrade Pre-Fire Incident Plans and/or build a pre-incident planning program tailored to the local fire department’s needs.
Fire inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the current BC Fire Code, to evaluate fire hazards and to determine ways to minimize danger to life safety and property. The fire inspection provides a “snapshot” of building fire safety, protection status and occupant fire readiness at the time of the inspection.
It is NOT the responsibility of the person(s) conducting the fire inspection to catch every Fire Code violation. That responsibility belongs to the building and/or business owner or authorized agent to ensure completeness of Fire Code compliance (see Fire Code excerpt below).
Division C: Article 18.104.22.168. Responsibility of the British Columbia Fire Code Regulations (BCFC) states that: "1) Unless otherwise specified, the owner or the owner's authorized agent shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this Code."
First off, who is the owner? The "owner" may include the building owner, business owner and/or a Strata Corporation. This may also include the "owners" authorized agent, such as a property manager, that has been authorized to act on an owners behalf for fire safety and code requirements.
The responsibility also includes an owner’s basic quick-check inspections of the building’s fire and life safety components or systems and those required to be conducted by qualified contractors. Adequately completed records of the required inspections, tests and maintenance as conducted by a qualified contractors or as “may” be permitted by the owner, needed to be readily available to the Fire Department for review upon request.
The Fire Department’s fire inspections also provide a means in which Fire Department personnel are able to familiarize themselves with the various buildings and uses within. This knowledge will assist fire fighters with Pre-Fire Incident specifics when responding to an incident.
Robert Furlong Design Co. can provide assistance to the owner or owner’s authorized agent in gaining the knowledge and resources necessary to identify and correct any fire hazards noted within their building and ensure the installed fire safety equipment is in proper operationally ready working order.
Our primary vision for Robert Furlong Design Co. is to create solid long-term working relationships with the public and private sectors to reduce the fire risk to property and life safety.