This program utilizes the Fire Department Fire Companies to survey the commercial buildings and occupancies. Firefighters work with business owners to eliminate fire and life safety violations identified in the International Fire Code.
In 2009 the Fire Companies visited 1,900 businesses and identified 1,427 violations. The additional benefits of this program include; meeting our neighbors and familiarity in case of an emergency.
Up to 2010, this was the primary approach to hazard mitigation in the community. In 2010, businesses that have hazardous operations (PDF), as identified in the International Fire Code, will be moved to the Fire Operational Permits program. The community connection with the Fire Companies will be maintained through site visits to these permitted businesses.