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Allenstown quality of life implies an expectation that buildings will be free of hazards and safe to conduct business, work, or live. In home and office, the existence or recognition of hazards by the owner/occupant is based upon his or her perception, education and familiarity of the building, codes and hazard identification. Firefighters, versed in both code and hazard issues, provide a more consistent, objective and measurable tool for hazard assessment of buildings. The inspections normally performed by the department fall in two categories: In-Service and Code Enforcement Inspections.
The In-Service Inspection of a structure consists of two components, a hazard inspection and a Pre-Plan.
Trained to identify potential fire and code problems, firefighters (on-duty) look for and many times find such hazards as clutter, extension cords being misused, electrical fixtures without covers, blocked exits, failed exit/emergency lights and the like. In-service inspections reduce the potential for fire by identifying and causing the rectification of most common fire hazards. We inspect every year the Business, Commercial and Industrial properties in the community. The Fire Inspector will contact the occupant or owner of the property and make arrangements to conduct the inspection. We will inspect single family homes when requested by the owner.
Pre-Plan Development or Update
As part of the inspection, a Pre-Plan is made or updated, as need dictates. A Pre-Plan is an action oriented, two part plan of a structure. One part provides owner information, contact phone numbers and pertinent details of the structure such as age, type construction, etc. The other part is a drawing which locates key building components and services such as general layout, utility shutoffs, inherent hazards, alarm and suppression systems and any other information that may be important in the event of an emergency. Pre-Plan books are maintained in apparatus for reference purposes in the event of an incident.
We conduct underground tank inspections when storage tanks are put in or taken out. This is to ensure that when the tank is being installed it meets the code requirements to protect the environment and prevent the possibility of fires caused by leaks. We inspect tank removals to be sure that there is no contamination of the ground. We also assist other organizations in environmental assessments of properties.
Code Enforcement Inspections
Code enforcement is the responsibility of the Fire Inspector and trained educators. The codes consist of both State and Town adopted Codes. Codes are a legal, objective and standardized tool to help make property reasonably safe for the public. The existence of most codes is predicated by past fire catastrophes.
To request an inspection, please contact the fire station.
2013 Fire Extinguisher Training / Employees of Wasterwater Facility