Fire Prevention

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California City Fire Department

Fire Prevention

Mission

Safeguard public health and welfare, provide protection to property and the environment from the effects of fire, explosion and hazards materials via a mechanism of adopted codes and practices. Prevent fires and reduce the impact of a fire once it occurs.

 

History

As history has bared witness, tragic events of our past have been the catalyst in the development of national recognized codes that provide for the safeguard of public health. It was these devastating incidents that brought change with respect to spacing and construction material, exits, occupant load, tents and temporary structures, the ban of aluminum wiring and the clearance of combustible vegetation to only name a few.

 

Fire Prevention Division

The purpose of the Fire Prevention Division of the California City Fire Department is to prevent fires and reduce the impact of a fire once it occurs. This function is accomplished via progressive and aggressive Fire/Life Safety inspection procedures. In many instances, this function involves a cooperative partnership with the Building Official of California City and other applicable agencies.

 

The California City Fire Department has adopted and regulates the minimum requirements of the California Fire Code. These requirements pertain to all buildings, new and existing, within our community with the main focus on fire prevention, protection, life safety and enforcement of the code

 

Fire Prevention Officer

Appointed by the Fire Chief of the agencies having jurisdiction, the Fire Prevention Officer shall be responsible and have the authority to enforce all provision of the fire code. As defined in the California Fire Code, the Fire Code Official is authorized to enforce the provisions of the fire code and render interpretations. Other responsibilities of the official include adoption of policies and procedures in compliance with the intent of the code. The Fire Code Official has the authority to appoint or designate a deputy, inspectors and other associated employees.  

  

 

Fire Prevention Inspector

 

California Fire Code

Establish minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practices to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises.

The California Fire Code, or “Fire Code” as designated by the city, is adopted via the California City Municipal Code Section 4-1.101 as serves as the fire code of the City.

 

Enforcement

Enforcement of the Fire Code is the responsibility of the Fire Chief and/or his/her designee. A violation of the fire code and failure to comply is a misdemeanor and punishable.

 

 

Commercial Inspection

Commercial structures within the California City Fire Departments jurisdiction are subject to regular fire inspections. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure compliance with applicable codes thus providing a safe environment for occupants and patrons. Buildings that pose a possible risk include, but are not limited to, businesses, assemblies, educational and residential.

 

 

 

Residential Inspection

Residential inspections are voluntary and conducted at the request of the occupant or property owner. Items that should be addressed include, but are not limited to; property identification, presence and proper working order of smoke detector(s) and carbon monoxide alarm(s), elimination of combustible products from exterior of the structure, presence and readiness of a fire extinguisher and electrical outlet/cord safety.    

 

 

Plan Review

Plans are required for all proposed new construction and modifications to existing structures. The Fire Department along with the Building Department, reviews submitted plans to identify potential deficiencies with regards to fire and building safety and ensure compliance with all applicable adopted codes.

Plans are to be submitted in sets of three allowing the Fire Department, Building Department and project site to maintain a copy.

Supplemental plans for projects may include; fire sprinklers systems, fire alarm systems and hazards materials.

Associated fees for plan reviews are outlined in the City Master Fee Resolution and collected prior to the issuance of applicable permit.

Plans should be submitted at least 10 working days prior to the tentative project start date.

 

 
 

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