The Fire Protection Engineering Unit´s primary function is to increase fire safety for the public and our firefighters, and protect property. We provide code consultation, plan review, onsite inspections and testing. We grant permission for occupancy by applying the International Fire Code (IFC)
, the adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
codes and standards, Department of Commerce Administrative Codes
and Madison General Ordinances
for both new and existing buildings.
Successful projects are the result of careful planning. The City of Madison Fire Protection is committed to its in helping to build a safer Madison.
Plan reviewers evaluate fire protection systems during the planning phase of construction. The Fire Protection Engineering Unit works with developers, architects, professional engineers and contractors during the early stages of projects to ensure the safest environment possible and limit construction delays and added costs.
The Fire Protection Engineering Unit conducts plan review on the following fire protection systems:
- Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Alternate Fire Suppression Systems
- Atrium Fire Protection Systems
- Private Fire Service Mains and Fire Hydrant Systems
- Standpipe and Hose Systems
- Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems
In addition, the Engineering Unit also reviews the following systems that impact life safety and firefighter operations:
MFD Work Permit Application
- Fire Apparatus Access and Site plans
- Fire Command Centers
- Access Controlled and Delayed egress locks
- Stairway locks
- High-piled Storage
Inspection & Testing
In addition to reviewing the systems noted above, the Engineering Unit is also responsible for inspecting and testing systems during installation and upon completion. The installing contractor is responsible for making arrangements with the inspector assigned to the geographical area. A minimum of 48 hours notice is necessary to schedule inspections.