3Fire and Life Safety Systems Confidence TestingFire and Life Safety Systems
4What is Confidence Testing? It is a way to ensure that existing fire and life safety systems are properly functioning.
5Why is it important?It helps protects the public and Firefighters in emergency situationsHelps Builders: some systems allow builders to use fewer exits, less substantial fire separation (thinner walls), etc.
6Why is it important? (con’t) Fire and Life Safety Systems: - Extinguish the fire or hold it in check - Triggers evacuation Assist with water delivery - Removes smoke Assists with access etc.Liability
7Confidence Testing Systems System Type:Fire Alarm - Low-Rise Bldgs: Annually, High-Rise Bldgs: QuarterlyStairway Door Locks - AnnuallyFire Pumps - AnnuallyStandpipe and/or Hose Cabinets – Five YearsAutomatic Sprinklers - AnnuallyShaft Pressurization - AnnuallyEmergency Generator - AnnuallyTempered Windows/Smoke removal - AnnuallySequence Test (High-rise) - AnnuallyFoam Systems - AnnuallyFire Escapes – Five YearsHalon, CO2, Inergen - AnnuallyRangehood – Bi-AnnuallyWater Tanks - Annually
8Who conducts confidence testing? Private contractors:Who are engaged in the business of installing, testing and maintaining Fire and Life Safety Systems who hold a valid certificate issued by the Seattle Fire Department Fire Marshal Office
9How are the testers policed? Seattle Fire Department Fire Marshal Office Certification Unit administers written system specific testsPassing demonstrates possession of requisite knowledge to work on systemsThose who pass are issued a certificate granting conditional permission to work on Fire and Life Safety Systems in the City of Seattle
11How is the Confidence Test documented? The testing company:Labels the systemProvides building representative a copy of the confidence test reportSubmits a confidence test report to the Fire Marshal Office Confidence Testing Unit
13Confidence Testing Color Code System RED TAG: System out of service and/or whose operation is seriously impaired.The technician reports the red tag system immediately to the Confidence Testing Unit (same day)
14Confidence Testing Color Code System YELLOW TAG: Systems that are functioning, but have deficienciesThe Confidence Testing report is faxed, mailed or delivered for receipt by Confidence Testing Unit within 15 days of the date of the test
15Confidence Testing Color Code System WHITE TAG: Systems with no deficienciesThe Confidence Testing report is faxed, mailed or delivered for receipt by Confidence Testing Unit within 30 days of the date of the test
16How does Seattle Fire Department track and enforce Confidence Testing? Code enforcementRegular Building InspectionsAlarmsSpecial InspectionsDatabaseConfidence Testing ReportsCitizen Complaints
17What actions does S.F.D. take when we find a system less than fully functional? Document : Notice of Violation or Form 6AFire Watch
18Which Fire and Life Safety System Confidence Test is the most important to perform? System Type:Fire AlarmStairway Door LocksFire PumpsStandpipe and/or Hose CabinetsAutomatic SprinklersShaft PressurizationEmergency GeneratorTempered Windows/Smoke removalSequence Test (High-rise)Foam SystemsFire EscapesHalon, CO2, InergenRangehoodAll of themWhich Fire and Life Safety System Confidence Test, simulates the buildings systems under a fire emergency incident?Sequence Test
19Seattle Fire Department Confidence Testing Unit Contacts Lt. Jon Olson, (206)Confidence Testing Officer Agnes Ducay, (206) Administrative Assistant