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It is the Fire Prevention Division mission to prevent or limit the occurrence of fire incidences, to make sure buildings are safe to occupy, to ensure proper egress is always

available, to make certain fire protection systems are in place and maintained, and effectively utilize the principles of engineering, education and enforcement to protect our citizens, our workplace, our homes and our environment from the ravages of fire.

 

Fire Inspection Unit
The Fire Inspection Unit enforces all applicable life safety and fire protection requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Florida Fire Prevention Code, and the Florida Building Code. All Division fire inspectors are State of Florida Certified Fire Fighters and State of Florida Certified Fire Inspectors.


Fire Inspection Unit reviews all new commercial building plans prior to permits being issued. A fire inspector works with Building Department plan reviewers to ensure all building plans comply with national, state and local codes.
A fire inspector inspects new construction sites to ensure that the final product reflects the design criteria on approved building plans.  The fire inspector tests all fire protection, smoke evacuation and fire alarm systems to ensure they are functional and meet fire code compliance.  A certificate of occupancy (CO) or completion is not issued until all fire and building inspections have passed. Once a CO has been issued, fire inspectors continue to conduct annual inspections to ensure compliance is maintained.


Fire Investigation Unit
Another important function of the Fire Prevention Division is the investigation of fire origin and cause. SCFR has established a Fire Investigation Unit for that purpose. This unit is staffed with on-call fire investigators and responds to fire and/or hazardous incidents when called out by an on-scene Incident Commander (IC).


Each member has met the requirements set forth in NFPA 1033, Professional Qualifications for a Fire Investigator

All fire investigations conducted by SCFR follow the guidelines set forth in NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. The fire investigators are required to attend continuing education classes to stay abreast of the latest changes and advancements in the field of fire investigations.


In addition, the unit has close working relationships with the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office, the Bureau of Fire/Arson Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).  The unit will make requests from these agencies when specialized resources such as accelerant detection canines, heavy equipment, and/or additional investigators are required for major fires.


Please note that SCFR investigators do not conduct private fire investigations. Fire investigations are conducted according to Florida State Statutes and Suwannee County Fire Rescue Department policy and procedures.


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