The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) will require all Fire Protection Equipment Companies to submit reports via an IFD-approved electronic reporting system beginning January 5, 2015. This includes companies that perform service and/or maintenance on fire protection systems. Reports submitted in any other way will not be accepted. It is the business owner’s responsibility to make sure that all inspection reports are filed properly and on time. It is a good time to check with service providers and contractors to make sure that they are in compliance with the new processes. If you do not file properly and on time, IFD has to assume that the proper services have not been rendered and will take the necessary safety and compliance actions.
Why IFD is Changing Their System
The electronic reporting system allows IFD to provide better service to the community and keep all citizens of the city safe. With the electronic reporting system IFD can easily do things such as ascertain the condition of one’s fire protection system immediately. The electronic report allows IFD to see if a business has passed their inspection and allows them to know whether there are deficiencies and/or impairments within the system. Based on the reports, IFD can possibly take the following actions:
- Passed: No action required. A deputy Fire Marshal (DFM) will visit annually to conduct an inspection of the said business.
- Non-Critical Deficiencies: A DFM will contact the business to remedy deficiencies and to ensure safety and compliance.
- Critical Deficiencies: A DFM will contact the business to remedy deficiencies and to ensure safety and compliance.
- Impairments: A DFM will visit the business to immediately remedy the impairment in order to avoid fire watch or evacuation per state law.
If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Fireprotection.