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Sytems Testing and Reporting Overview

** NOTICE **

Confidence Testing Requirements
 and Fees are Changing as of
 January 1, 2014

Learn More Here

The Seattle Fire Code requires building owners to maintain their building's fire protection systems in good working condition at all times, and to ensure that these systems are tested on a regular basis. The periodic testing of fire protection systems is sometimes called "confidence testing". When testing reveals that a system is impaired, the Seattle Fire Department must be notified.

Systems Testing and Reporting Overview

Testing Schedule and Information

Impaired Systems Notification and Mitigation

Confidence Testing CAM (PDF)

Fees and Reporting for Tests Conducted Prior to 1/1/2014

Report of Impaired System Form

Confidence Testing Forms
 

Fire Safety Companies
with Seattle Fire Department Certified Technicians

Testing Fire Protection Systems

Building owners are expected to schedule all required semi-annual, annual and five-year confidence tests without notification from the Seattle Fire Department. For more information on tests and testing frequency, see the Testing Schedule and Information page.

After the system is tested, a status tag or label should be attached by the technician.  More information about tagging is available in Administrative Rule 09.02.14.

Any time a deficiency impairs the system the responsible party is expected to have the damaged, failed or defective part repaired or replaced in a timely manner.  Other deficiencies must be scheduled for repair in a timely manner.

Notifying SFD of Impaired Systems

If a planned or emergency impairment is anticipated to take a system out of service for more than eight hours, the Seattle Fire Department must be notified.  This notification allows the Department to assess the risks and make any operational decisions necessary to ensure response-readiness and the safety of building occupants and firefighters.

For timelines and information on how to notify the Seattle Fire Department of impairments lasting more than eight hours, please review the Notification and Mitigation information page. You may also refer to Administrative Rule 09.06.14 or call the Fire Marshal's Office at (206) 386-1450.

Mitigation measures are often required when a fire protection system is impaired.  For more information please review the Notification and Mitigation information page.

Certified Technicians

Only certified technicians are allowed to install, maintain, test and repair fire protection systems within the City of Seattle.  A certified technician possesses a certificate issued by the Seattle Fire Department.  Certification is obtained by passing a written test administered by Seattle Fire Department.

A list of companies with Seattle Fire Department Certified Technicians is available.  Contact information for these companies can be found in the phone book or online.

Questions?

To contact the Seattle Fire Department regarding systems testing and impairment reporting, please call the Fire Marshal's Office Engineering Captain at (206)386-1449.

 

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Last Modified:   January 06, 2014

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