Inspections are a means to identify and eliminate or reduce hazards
which might result in life or property loss. Inspections also ensure
that fire protection systems, such as sprinkler systems, fire alarm
systems, and kitchen hood extinguishing systems are maintained in good
working condition. In the event of a fire, losses will be minimized
through early detection and suppression. Code enforcement is a
proactive and cost effective approach to community fire protection.
Annually, over 24,000 inspections are conducted by the Madison
Fire Department. The Fire Inspection Unit, under the guidance of
Cheryl Peterson, inspect approximately 4,400 and the firefighters inspect
about 6,800 commercial properties semi-annually. Commercial
properties include residential buildings of 3 units or more, as well as
retail, factories, warehouses, and office buildings. The certified
Fire Code Enforcement Officers and Fire Inspectors coordinate the
inspections performed by firefighters by providing technical assistance
and serving as a liaison between the firefighters and the business owners.
Neighborhood Resource Teams
A valuable community resource, the prevention staff members also assist
the Neighborhood Resource Teams and area business owners by
providing technical assistance in such diverse topics such as storage of
flammable liquids to maintenance requirements for sprinkler systems.
Code & Standards
The code & standards used by our Fire Inspectors are: