FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU
THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU IS THE BACKBONE OF FIRE PREVENTION FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU (FPB) IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE (2012) AS ADOPTED IN THE CITY OF EAGLE RIVER MUNICIPAL CODE, AND BY THE STATE OF WISCONSIN. COVERED UNDER THE FIRE CODE ARE ALL NEW AND EXISTING COMMERCIAL OCCUPANCIES (THAT IS, EVERY TYPE OF BUILDING EXCEPT 1- AND 2-FAMILY DWELLINGS) AND NEW INSTALLATIONS OF FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS.
THE FPB HAS NINE STATE CERTIFIED FIRE INSPECTORS THAT CONDUCT ANNUAL OR BI-ANNUAL INSPECTIONS ON EVERY COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE IN OUR RESPONSE AREA. FPB INSPECTORS ALSO RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS OF UNSAFE CONDITIONS BY THE PUBLIC, AS WELL AS, INSPECT TEMPORARY COOKING AND GATHERING FACILITIES (FESTIVALS, ETC.) FOR FIRE SAFETY.
REVIEWING PLANS FOR NEW PROJECTS IS A MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU. WHETHER IT IS A NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDING OR AN EXPANSION TO AN EXISTING BUILDING, THE BUREAU IS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING PROCESS.
THE PLAN REVIEW PROCESS INVOLVES BOTH THE LAND AND THE STRUCTURES. THE BUREAU ASSESSES THE ROADWAY AND WATER RESOURCES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE PLANS PROVIDE FOR ENOUGH WATER TO SUPPLY HYDRANTS AND SPRINKLER SYSTEMS. THE ROADWAY PLANS ARE EVALUATED TO DETERMINE IF ACCESS AND TURNING AREAS MEET REQUIREMENTS FOR LARGE FIREFIGHTING VEHICLES.
FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, MEETING THE FIRE CODE STANDARDS IS REQUIRED BASED ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS INCLUDING THE BUILDING'S SIZE, INTENDED USE, AND OCCUPANCY NUMBERS. THOSE FACTORS HELP DETERMINE DESIGN OF EXITS, ALARM REQUIREMENTS, AND SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS. FPB INSPECTORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINAL INSPECTIONS OF FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS PRIOR TO ISSUANCE OF USE & OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATION. LASTLY, FIRE INSPECTORS CALCULATE MAXIMUM OCCUPANT LOADS AND ISSUE CAPACITY CERTIFICATES FOR NEW AND REMODELED OCCUPANCIES.
ALL THESE EFFORTS ARE AIMED AT MAKING OUR PUBLIC BUILDINGS AS FIRE SAFE AS POSSIBLE FOR THE WORKERS, VISITORS, AND RESIDENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
The Eagle River Area Fire Department works hard to provide innovative, engaging, and effective fire prevention programs to local preschools, day care facilities, private schools, and public schools.
Each fall, the Eagle River Area Fire Department volunteers dedicate the week surrounding October 9th, National Fire Prevention Week, to educating area youth on how to be safe in a variety of ways. Our program is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community. For example, we recently collaborated with local educators to create and implement new technology into our prevention program that can be used in classrooms throughout the school year.
Our program consists of children being bussed to the station where they rotate through hands on, interactive stations. Children are able to practice stop, drop, and roll with firefighters; explore trucks and gear; learn the “ABC’s of Fire Safety”; and interact with Freddie the Fire truck, which is always a crowd favorite! We also take our Fire Safety House to the local schools to teach children fire safety in the home and home exit drills through interactive and hands on techniques under the watchful eye of our volunteers. As the students get older they get to participate in a fire safety version of “Jeopardy” and learn how to use a fire extinguisher to properly put out a fire.