Required fire protection systems are essential to public safety and the protection of property. The City of Battle Ground fire code requires that fire protection systems are regularly inspected, tested and maintained (ITM), ensuring that that the systems will operate as intended in the event of an incident, minimizing the risk of life and property loss.
The three components of a comprehensive ITM program are: Inspections - a visual examination of a system to verify that it appears to be operating condition and is free of physical damage; Testing - the physical trying or operation of a system, or part of the system, to ensure or prove that it is functioning properly, as intended, or to an acceptable standard of operation; and Maintenance - the work performed to repair, clean and/or maintain equipment in operable condition.
Those who own or operate commercial facilities with fire protection systems are responsible for obtaining a certified/licensed contractor to perform inspections, testing and maintenance (ITM). The ITM contractor is required to submit all reports (compliant and non-compliant) on behalf of their customers to the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Effective February 15, 2019, all ITM reports must be filed electronically via a reporting service at www.TheComplianceEngine.com.
The reports are received by the Fire Marshal’s Office where they are reviewed for accuracy and code compliance. If fire code violations are identified, a follow-up is conducted by the Fire Marshal’s Office through fire code enforcement.
Fire Protection Systems tracked by the city include, but are not limited to automated fire sprinkler systems; fire alarms; commercial kitchen hood suppression systems; commercial kitchen exhaust systems (hood cleaning); standpipes; active smoke control systems; fire pumps; spray booth suppression systems; elevators; emergency generators; and special suppression/clean-agent systems
Additional information, including the municipal code reference to required systems, test reports and submittal frequency, is available on the Fire Marshal’s ITM website page.
The new online reporting service and policy facilitates management of the ITM program with the objective of protecting the public through compliance. It also supports the city’s ongoing goal of using technology to increase efficiencies and improve the delivery of service.