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16.04.166 Additions to IFC 901.6, Inspection, testing, and maintenance.
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901.6.2.2 Reports. Results of inspections, tests and maintenance shall be completed using an inspection form approved by the Vancouver Fire Department for the respective fire protection system. The approved fire protection contractor conducting the inspection, test or maintenance, shall complete the Vancouver Fire Department on-line submittal report electronically within thirty (30) days from the service date. If the initial inspection results in deficiencies that are subsequently repaired within the first (30) days, the initial and follow up reports may be submitted as one report.

901.6.2.3 Copies of test reports shall be maintained on the premises within a durable storage container mounted in the following locations:

A. Sprinkler test reports shall be mounted within close proximity to the fire alarm panel monitoring water flow alarms. Systems with no electronic supervision, the report shall be mounted within proximity to the riser or spare sprinkler head box.

B. Fire alarm test reports shall be mounted within close proximity to the main fire alarm control panel.

C. Test reports for fixed suppression systems in buildings protected by either a sprinkler system or fire alarm system may be mounted with the fire alarm system reports. Test reports for systems installed in a facility without a sprinkler or fire alarm system shall be mounted in close proximity to the system in clear view.

901.6.2.4 Inspection Tags. When performing installation, testing, or maintenance, the name of the servicing firm, firm address, firm phone number, date of work, signature and endorsement number of the technician performing the work shall be placed on the service label.

No person shall remove a service label from, or place a service label on a life safety system or item of life safety equipment except when installation, testing or maintenance is performed. A new label shall be attached whenever testing or maintenance is performed.

901.6.2.5 Documenting Changes. Any maintenance or repairs that result sections in changes, modification or additions to existing or non-functioning devices in a fire alarm or fire sprinkler system shall be updated on the Statement of Compliance (i.e. Record of Completion, Certificate of Completion, etc.) by the person(s) conducting the inspection. If these documents are not available for updating, new documents shall be issued and maintained by the property owner or building representative accordingly.

901.6.3 Qualifications of Testing Personnel. The provisions of IFC 901.6.3 and its subsections apply only to persons inspecting and testing fire protection systems. Persons performing maintenance shall possess the qualifications required in IFC Section 901.4. Endorsements are governed by IFC Section 105.

901.6.3.1 Water-Based Systems. Inspection, testing and maintenance for water based fire protection systems shall be conducted by a qualified person. At least one qualified person shall be on-site actively participating in any inspection or testing.

901.6.3.1.1 Underground water mains. A qualified person under this section is one who possesses a current Sprinkler System Installation or Repair – Level U (SSIRU) Endorsement.

901.6.3.1.2 Wet and Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems. A qualified person under this section is one who possesses a current Sprinkler System Testing Technician Endorsement.

901.6.3.1.3 Pre-Action, Deluge, Anti-Freeze, Fire Pumps or Foam Systems. A qualified person under this section is one who is employed by a Washington State Level III Fire Sprinkler Contractor working under the supervision of an individual possessing a current Sprinkler System Designer of Record (SSDR3) Endorsement. Inspection, testing and maintenance records shall signed by the SSDR3 endorsement holder.

901.6.3.2 Fire Alarm Systems. Inspection and testing of automatic fire alarm systems shall be conducted by a qualified person. A qualified person under this section is one who possesses a current Fire Alarm System Inspection and Testing (FASIT) Endorsement. At least one qualified person shall be on-site actively participating in any inspection or testing.

901.6.3.3 Gaseous Fire Protection Systems. Inspection, and testing of gaseous fire suppression systems (Halon, CO2, Clean Agents, etc.) shall be conducted by a qualified person. A qualified person under this section is one who possesses a Fixed Suppression System Installer, Repair, Test (FSSIRT) Endorsement. At least one qualified person shall be on-site actively participating in any inspection or testing.

901.6.3.4 Commercial Cooking Fire Protection System. Inspection and testing of automatic fire suppression systems used to protect commercial cooking equipment & spray booths shall be conducted by a qualified person. A qualified person under this section is one who possesses a Pre-Engineered Kitchen & Spray Booth Suppression System (PEKSBS) Endorsement. At least one qualified person shall be on-site actively participating in any inspection or testing.

901.6.3.5 Commercial Cooking Hood Cleaning. Persons involved in cleaning commercial cooking hoods or exhaust systems shall follow the requirements of NFPA Standard 96, Removal of Smoke and Grease Laden Vapors from Commercial Cooking Equipment. Persons cleaning commercial hood and ducts in accordance with IFC Section 904.11.6.3, shall also possess a current Commercial Cooking Exhaust Cleaner (CCEC) Endorsement.

(Ord. M-4164 § 5, 2016; Ord. M-4138 § 16, 2015; Ord. M-3957 § 11, 2010; Ord. M-3819 § 8, 2007)

(Ord. M-4164 § 5, 2016; Ord. M-4138 § 16, 2015; Ord. M-3957 § 11, 2010; Ord. M-3819 § 8, 2007.)
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