Why does the Fire Department conduct fire and life safety inspections?
Regular fire and life safety inspections are a critical part of fire prevention. Inspectors enforce the International Fire Code during these inspections, working to detect fire hazards and minimize the risk of life and property loss from fire. These inspections also help to promote safe practices by creating an awareness of fire and its potential for occurrence.
How often will my business be inspected?
Our goal is to inspect every occupancy on an annual or biennial basis, with emphasis on high-hazard occupancies.
Does the Fire Department charge a fee for fire and life safety inspections?
There is no fee for inspections.
What can I do to be ready for my inspection?
To help you prepare for your inspection, use this Fire Inspection Checklist of the most frequently cited deficiencies. Making sure these violations don't exist on your property will help you pass your fire inspection and keep your building safe.
Other resource documents include:
- Apartment Owner Fire Safety Check List
- Egress Lighting Inspection and Testing
- Extension Cord and Multi Plug Adapter Safety
- Fire Extinguishers (Portable)
- Flaming Food and Beverage
- Schools - Display of Combustible Materials Policy
- Storage Cabinets - Flammable and Combustible Liquids
A fire inspector found a code violation in my building, what must I do?
When an occupancy fails to meet a provision of the fire code, the owner will be notified and given reasonable time to fix the problem. A re-inspection will confirm that fire and life safety standards are met. Serious fire code violations are required to be corrected on the spot, but in most other cases building owners are allowed thirty days to make corrections. We do not assess penalties and fines for violations as our philosophy is to focus on fire prevention through the education of our local building owners/businesses. However, when all normal enforcement efforts are exhausted without compliance, violations shall be pursued through legal action.
Fire Protective Systems and Confidence Testing
What is Confidence Testing?
The International Fire Code (IFC) requires building owners to maintain their building’s fire protection systems (fire alarms, fire sprinklers, hood systems, etc.) in good working condition at all times and ensure that these systems are tested regularly. This periodic testing of fire protection is called confidence testing. Semi-annual, annual and five-year confidence tests are to be conducted by certified technicians and the confidence test reports they generate, including problems found and any corrections made, are required to be submitted to our office through The Compliance Engine.
What is The Compliance Engine?
In March of 2018 the FMO contracted with The Compliance Engine (TCE) to streamline our process of collecting confidence tests. TCE provides a secure cloud-based environment where reports are submitted via a web portal, eliminating paper copies and facilitating a more efficient review, tracking, and follow-up process. TCE notifies all businesses in our database before a system is due for testing and when systems are past-due.
All inspections must be submitted via The Compliance Engine for the following systems:
- Automatic Closing Fire Assemblies
- Clean Agent
- Emergency Power Generator
- Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System
- Fire Alarm
- Fire Escape
- Fire Pump
- Hood Suppression System
- Paint/Spray Booth Suppression
- Private Fire Hydrants
- Smoke Control System
- Sprinkler System
Can service providers submit confidence tests on their own report forms?
Yes, service providers may use their own report forms with the exception of private hydrant tests which we require to be submitted on the Camas-Washougal Fire Department's Hydrant Test Report Form.
Are annual privacy gate tests required to be submitted through The Compliance Engine?
No. Privacy gate testing should be submitted directly to our office, and must be submitted using our Camas-Washougal Fire Department's Security Gate Confidence Test Report Form.