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Fire Watch Requirements

Section 403.12.1 of the International Fire Code is amended by adding new subsections Sections 403.12.1.3 through 403.12.1.7 Required Fire Watch Permit as follows:

403.12.1.3 When required.

A fire watch permit shall be required:
1. When required by other sections of this code.
2. When the Fire Code Official deems a condition essential for public safety.
3. When the Fire Code Official determines that conditions may result in a rekindle.
4. When the fire alarm system is off-line or out of service for repairs or maintenance.
5. When the fire suppression system is off-line or out of service for repairs or maintenance.
6. Fire Watch Permits shall be valid for a period not to exceed 24 hours unless otherwise authorized by the fire chief or the fire code official.

403.12.1.4 Financial responsibility.

The property owner, the tenant or occupant in control of the premises shall be responsible for the cost of providing a fire watch.

403.12.1.5 Qualifications.

Personnel assigned to fire watch duties shall possess the following minimum qualifications:
1. Shall be at least 18 years of age.
2. Shall be able to speak, read, and understand English.
3. Shall be capable of executing the duties and responsibilities as specified in Section 403.1.7.
4. Shall be capable of operating a mobile telephone and/or portable radio.
5. Shall be capable of walking the assigned watch area.

403.12.1.6 Number and hours.

The Fire Code Official shall specify the number of fire watch personnel required and the hours during which they must be present based on the conditions and size of the facility.

403.12.1.7 Duties and responsibilities.

Fire watch duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Know the address of the facility being watched.
2. Shall be equipped with a mobile telephone that can be used to contact 9-1-1 or a portable radio that can be used to communicate with a constantly attended security/communications center.
3. Continuously make rounds and monitor all assigned areas.
4. Immediately report any sign of smoke, fire or other emergency to 9-1-1 or to the security/communications center.
5. In the event of any sign of fire or smoke shall activate the fire alarm system when the building is equipped with such a system or notify those present to evacuate the building or area.
6. Shall assist with the evacuation of people present in the area.
7. Keep a fire watch log that includes the following information:

  • Identifies the building or area by name and address that is under watch.
  • The date and time each round or tour is completed, plus comments on what was observed.
  • Each entry shall contain the name and signature of the person conducting the watch.
  • Fire watch logs shall be immediately accessible for review by the Fire Code Official. A copy of the fire watch log shall be submitted to the Black Hawk Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division when the watch is concluded.

Fire watch personnel shall not be assigned additional duties during their fire watch tour.

If you have further questions, please contact the fire department shift officer at 303-582-0426.