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16.04.164 Additions to IFC Section 901.4, Installation.
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901.4.5 Compliance. All fire protection system contractors and persons installing, inspecting, maintaining, servicing or testing fire protection systems or any part of such a system shall comply with the provisions of IFC Section 901.4. Endorsements are governed by IFC Section 105.

901.4.6 Sprinkler System Plan Submittals. Working plans and layout drawings submitted to the City of Vancouver for water based fire protection systems shall be stamped and approved by a qualified person to be in compliance with the Vancouver Municipal Code. Any changes to the working plans shall be approved and stamped by a qualified person prior to review by the city. An Owner’s Certificate shall be provided with the submitted sprinkler plans. A qualified person shall possess a current and appropriate level Sprinkler System Designer of Record (SSDR) Endorsement and the stamp shall be provided by the Washington State Fire Marshal's Office.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. Federal, state, and local government employees, or insurance inspectors when acting in their official capacities.

2. A person or organization acting under court order.

3. A registered professional engineer acting solely in a professional capacity.

901.4.7 Sprinkler System Installation, Maintenance or Repair. The installation, maintenance, or repair of water based fire protection systems and associated appliances shall be performed by a qualified person. A qualified person for the purposes of this subsection is on who possesses a current Sprinkler System Install and Repair (SSIR) Endorsement at the appropriate level for the type of sprinkler system being worked on.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. Federal, state, and local government employees, or insurance inspectors when acting in their official capacities.

2. A person or organization acting under court order.

3. A registered professional engineer acting solely in a professional capacity.

4. An owner/occupier of a single-family residence performing his or her own installation in that residence. This subsection shall not exempt builders or contractors who install their own sprinkler systems in single-family residences under their ownership which they plan to sell, lease, or rent.

901.4.7.1 A minimum of one SSIR endorsement holder shall be on site during installation or while any repairs, maintenance or acceptance test is being performed. Work on electrically operated alarm attachments forming part of an auxiliary, central station, local protective, proprietary, or remote station signaling system shall be performed by persons meeting qualifications found in IFC Section 901.4.9.

901.4.8 Automatic Fire Alarm System Plan Submittals. Working plans submitted to the City of Vancouver for automatic fire alarm systems shall be prepared by a qualified person, and the working plans shall be in compliance with all code requirements. Any changes to the working plans shall be reviewed and resubmitted by the qualified person prior to review by the city. A qualified person shall possess a current Fire Alarm Designer of Record (FASDR) Endorsement.

901.4.9 Automatic Fire Alarm System Installation, Maintenance or Repair. The installation or repair of electrically operated alarm attachments forming part of an auxiliary, central station, local protective, proprietary, or remote station signaling fire alarm system shall be performed by or supervised by a qualified person. A qualified person making electrical connections for alarm attachments within the fire alarm control panel, shall work for a properly licensed electrical contractor; be an appropriately certified electrician, as identified by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries; and possess a current Fire Alarm System Installation or Repair (FASIR) Endorsement. A properly licensed electrical contractor may make connections within the fire alarm panel provided it is limited to the power supply line voltage or dedicated circuits back to the breaker box without possessing a FASIR Endorsement.

901.4.9.1 The FASDR endorsement holder representing the licensed fire alarm contractor shall verify in writing that the installation complies with the submitted and approved plans. If the installation does not comply with the approved plans, Record Drawings shall be provided prior to final acceptance test(s). A Vancouver Fire Department Automatic Fire Alarm System Record of Completion Form shall be accurately completed and submitted to the City of Vancouver prior to scheduling of a final acceptance test.

901.4.9.2 A minimum of one FASIR endorsement holder shall be onsite during installation or while any repairs, maintenance or acceptance test is being performed.

901.4.10 Gaseous Fire Protection System Plan Submittals. Submitted working plans for gaseous fire suppression systems (e.g., Halon, CO2, or Clean Agents) shall be approved and signed by a qualified person as required by this ordinance, and the working plans shall be in conformance with all code requirements. Any changes to the working plans shall be approved and signed by a qualified person prior to review by the city. A qualified person under this subsection is one who possesses a current Fixed Suppression System Designer of Record (FSSDR) Endorsement.

901.4.11 Gaseous Fire Protection System Installation, Maintenance or Repair. The installation or repair of gaseous fire suppression systems (Halon, CO2, Clean Agents, etc.) shall be performed by or directly overseen by a qualified person. A qualified person under this subsection is one who possesses a current Fixed Suppression System Installer, Repair, Test (FSSIRT) Endorsement.

901.4.11.1 Work on electrically operated alarm attachments forming part of an auxiliary, central station, local protective, proprietary, or remote station signaling system shall be performed by persons meeting qualifications found in IFC Section 901.4.9.

901.4.11.2 A qualified person meeting the requirements in IFC Section 901.4.10 shall verify in writing that the installation complies with the submitted and approved plans. If the installation does not comply with the approved plans, record drawings shall be provided prior to scheduling the final acceptance test(s).

901.4.11.3 A minimum of one FSSIRT endorsement holder shall be onsite during installation or while any repairs, maintenance or acceptance test is being performed.

901.4.12 Commercial Cooking & Spray Booth Fire Protection System Plan Submittals. Working plans submitted to the City of Vancouver for automatic fire suppression systems used to protect commercial cooking equipment shall be approved and signed by a qualified person to be in compliance with the Vancouver Municipal Code. Any changes to the working plans shall be approved and signed by a qualified person prior to review by the city.

901.4.12.1 Chemical-Based Systems. A qualified person shall possess a current Pre-Engineered Kitchen & Spray Booth Suppression System (PEKSBS) Endorsement.

901.4.12.2 Water-Based Systems. Water based extinguishing systems used to protect commercial cooking equipment shall meet the requirements of IFC Section 901.4.6, Section 901.4.7 and Section 901.6.3.1.

901.4.13 Commercial Cooking Fire Protection System Installation, Maintenance or Repair. The installation or repair of automatic fire suppression systems used to protect commercial cooking equipment shall be performed by or overseen by a qualified person. A qualified person under this subsection is one who possesses a current Pre-Engineered Kitchen & Spray Booth Suppression System (PEKFS) Endorsement.

901.4.13.1 Work on electrically operated alarm attachments forming part of an auxiliary, central station, local protective, proprietary, or remote station signaling system shall be performed by persons meeting qualifications found in Section 901.4.9.

901.4.13.2 A qualified person meeting the requirements in IFC Section 901.4.12 shall verify in writing that the installation complies with the submitted and approved plans. If the installation does not comply with the approved plans, record drawings shall be provided prior to scheduling the final acceptance test(s).

901.4.13.3 A minimum of one PEKFS endorsement holder shall be onsite during installation or while any repairs, maintenance or acceptance test is being performed.

901.5.2 Requesting Acceptance Tests. Requests for acceptance tests on fire protection systems governed by this chapter, shall be made by an employee of a fire protection contractor meeting the requirements of IFC Section 105.11. The fire code official can combine the final inspection on work performed under IFC Section 105.7 with the final inspection requested on the general construction permit.

(Ord. M-4138 § 15, 2015; Ord. M-3957 § 10, 2010; Ord. M-3819 § 5, 2007; Ord. M-3819 § 4, 2007)

(Ord. M-4138 § 15, 2015; Ord. M-3957 § 10, 2010; Ord. M-3819 § 5, 2007; Ord. M-3819 § 4, 2007.)
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