Over 3000 businesses are inspected on an annual basis within our fire district. Deputy fire marshals and 14 fire companies conduct these fire and life safety inspections to ensure that businesses are in compliance with the Oregon Fire Code.
Fire crews and department personnel conducting inspections look for items such as blocked or locked exits, electrical and mechanical hazards, house keeping and storage issues, as well as ensuring that fire protection systems are in working order. Businesses found in violation of the fire code are given between two weeks and thirty days to correct such violations. Any violation found not corrected may be cited and referred to the district attorney for possible financial penalties.
Fire company inspections are beneficial to both the businesses the fire district serves as well as the firefighters themselves. The businesses reap the benefits of perhaps reducing or eliminating the chance of a fire occurring and the firefighters, when inspecting, become more familiar with the building should an emergency occur.
Common hazards found in commercial & apartment buildings:
- Blocked exits
- Storage under stairwells
- Electrical hazards
- Fire extinguishers, doors, sprinklers and alarm systems needing service
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- Fire lanes blocked
- Address Issues
- Holes in walls and ceilings
In February 2009, Clackamas Fire District #1 adopted Ordinance 09-01 which enables the Fire District to recover costs of providing selected services. This ordinance authorizes the Fire District to assess fees for multiple and/or excessive Fire and Life Safety Inspections.
Pursuant to Ordinance 09-01, the initial Fire and Life Safety Inspection and the first re-inspection will not result in fees being assessed. The Fire District will assess fees for subsequent inspections necessary. These re-inspections will be billed at $100.00 per visit.