Seattle Fire Department has implemented a new online fire and life safety systems testing oversight program or “confidence testing” program. Fire protection systems including fire alarms, sprinklers and suppression are among the most important components in any building with regards to preserving lives, protecting property, and enhancing firefighter safety.
The City of Seattle has selected a private company, Brycer, to significantly improve SFD’s ability to track and drive code compliance through their online tool, The Compliance Engine. Accurate and timely inspection reporting, combined with this new tracking capacity, will reduce false alarms and expedite the repairs of fire protection systems, helping ensure SFD’s mission of saving lives and protecting property for all who live, work, visit, or do business in Seattle. In Washington State, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Shoreline, Redmond, West Pierce County and Clark County have already implemented the program with the Compliance Engine.
Here are some facts about the program in Seattle, which became mandatory on July 1, 2017:
- This change has no impact on a building owner’s ability to select an approved fire protection vendor.
- Systems test reports for tests of fire protection systems conducted within Seattle as included in Table 1 on the next will be required to be sent to SFD electronically via SFD’s third party vendor.
- Companies employing certified technicians are required to register and utilize the third-party vendor’s single point online reporting system to file test reports to be accessed and reviewed by SFD.
- There are no changes to the mandatory notification process for “red tagged” systems – technicians or impairment coordinators must still call the hotline and submit the impairment notification form to SFD immediately.There is a report filing fee of $30 per report per testing period. Fees for re-testing repaired systems are also $30 per re-test. Multiple systems of the same type may be combined on one report. For example, a single wet system sprinkler report can contain information about all wet system sprinklers in the same building for one $30 fee. The fee will offset the cost of hiring a dedicated Systems Testing Lieutenant to support the program and customers.
- Reporting forms are available through The Compliance Engine and online.
For additional information, please visit SFD’s Fire Prevention Division.