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In 2017, St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Pearl River & the St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 adopted NFPA 1 (Fire Code) & NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code). The same year, the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal certified St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 as a state recognized Fire Prevention Bureau charging us with conducting Fire & Life Safety inspections of occupancies within our fire district. Inspections occur annually as well as on a complaint basis. Inspections do not have to be scheduled and may occur at any point that an occupancy is open. The one and only goal of fire & life safety inspections is to ensure the occupancy is safe for visitors, clients and staff.
Annual inspections shall be documented including descriptions, photographs, references and a copy will be emailed to the occupancy owner and/or management. A copy of the annual inspection will remain on file with St. Tammany Fire Protection district No. 11. If not in compliant a re-inspection will be scheduled.
Annual inspections that not in compliance are subject to re-inspections. The occupancy owner and/or management will be emailed a copy of the inspection with the order of corrections and be given a predetermined amount of time to make corrections depending on the nature or complexity of what is not in compliance. Re-inspection may take place at any point on or after the predetermined date without any advanced notice. Occupancies that continue to fail to make corrections may be forwarded to the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal for enforcement.
This type of inspection is made upon complaint of any member of the public to St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11, either orally or in written form. It is the policy of St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 to hold the name of the complaining party confidential. Complaints shall be handled similarly to the re-inspection and may be given a time frame to comply. The re-inspection of the complaint may take place at any point after the time frame established. If the occupancy continues not in good faith to comply, the Fire Chief shall be immediately notified and the complaint may be forwarded to the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal.
To reference any cited codes, the National Fire Protection Association makes them available online for free access. Visit www.nfpa.org/freeaccess for additional information or click the link to the top right.
FIRE & LIFE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
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