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Systems

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Since fire sprinkler systems need to be in working order at all times, they need to be inspected annually to ensure that they will operate properly during a fire emergency.  During a fire sprinkler system test, physical checks are performed on all the parts of your fire sprinkler system.  These checks include water flow tests, fire pump tests, alarm tests, and trip tests of dry pipe, deluge, and pre-action valves.

In addition to annual inspections, you must also carry out quarterly flow tests.  Written records of all quarterly fire sprinkler system inspections must be maintained in accordance with NFPA 25.  All of our fire sprinkler system inspections are performed by highly trained fire sprinkler system service technicians.

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Are you a city of Madison business owner and use Jefferson Fire & Safety for your alarm inspections? It is required by Madison General Ordinance that annual fire alarm and fire sprinkler test records are entered online.  Here’s a link to the site: LINK

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FIRE ALARM TESTING AND REPAIR

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Lives are at stake!  Your fire alarm system will only operate properly if it is maintained and some impairments will not be obvious without testing!  Testing is done to meet the requirements of your local building department, fire inspectors, and even your insurance carrier.  Your insurance carrier may reject your claim if you do not have proof of completed annual inspections.  Testing can also assure that the system does not create nuisance alarms that waste Fire Department resources, this could put others’ lives in jeopardy and many jurisdictions will charge the building owner for multiple nuisance alarms.

The biggest reason of all, it is required by the National Fire Alarm Code! (NFPA 72) IT’S THE LAW.

As a building owner/business owner, it is important for you to have designated persons with some knowledge of the fire alarm system.  At the very least these people should be able to recognize when the system is impaired, understand how to reset the system, and know when to call for service.  Building maintenance personnel or other trained people are often able to do visual inspections but yearly extensive testing must be done by a qualified state licensed inspector

You will need a copy of the completed Inspection and Testing Form for yourself and your insurance carrier.  Fire alarm systems are expected to help protect people, property, and assets.  But you can’t tell if they’re fully operational just by looking at them. As with any other system, electronics and other components can degrade over time and compromise the system’s operation.  Dust, dirt, and other contaminants can cause problems with smoke detectors. Such things as vandalism, remodeling, and improper maintenance procedures can also damage fire protection equipment.  The good news is that with proper testing, inspection, and maintenance you can keep your fire alarm system at optimum operating performance.  In addition to ensuring protection, keeping your system in good condition reduces expenses by preventing unbudgeted emergency repairs and costly false alarms.

When properly installed and maintained, fire systems have proven to be the most effective means for protecting life and property against fire.  Thus, it is imperative that alarm systems operate and function properly.  In order to ensure that alarm systems are functioning correctly, state law requires that such systems be maintained in an operative condition at all times, and be repaired or replaced when they are found to be defective.

Jefferson Fire & Safety believes that safeguarding the personal welfare of your employees is of paramount importance. If there’s a single system most critical for this safety it would have to be an integrated fire alarm and sprinkler program, the lifeblood of any fire protection program.

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Facilities with privately-owned fire hydrants are responsible for ensuring that they will work as designed for fire suppression. This involves meeting important maintenance and testing requirements.

  1. Private Fire Hydrant testing and maintenance is required to be conducted annually to conform with NFPA 25, Chapter 4. For more information go to NFPA.org.
  2. The  Fire Department (or other local fire marshal) must be notified prior to any work that could impair fire suppression capabilities in conjunction with this required testing and maintenance.
  3. A Private Fire Hydrant Contractor approved by the Fire Department must be used to conduct the required testing and maintenance.
  4. A copy of the test and maintenance report for each private fire hydrant must be Submitted to the Austin Water Utility’s Special Services Division by the applicable annual due date.

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Lighting

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We offer periodic inspection of emergency lighting in accordance with NFPA 101.  This is done to prevent failure during an emergency. Our comprehensive check identifies problems.

Contact our Service Manager to schedule the testing or repair of your emergency lighting.  

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We can perform an inspection of your exit signs.  We will inspect every unit to make sure the lights will work when you need them.  The technician will check to make sure the batteries are charging properly.  Each unit will be discharged to exercise the batteries and verify that the units will function for the required 90 minutes.  Should they be needed in the case of an emergency you will know that you took every precaution to make sure the signs were in working order.

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Fire Extinguishers

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives, but portable extinguishers have limitations.  Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.  Portable fire extinguishers are effective against small fires but only if the extinguisher is properly placed, efficiently maintained, and used by trained individuals. Our professionally trained and certified technicians will work to assist you with your fire protection needs.

INSPECTION
An inspection is a “quick check” that an extinguisher is available and will operate.  It is designed to give reasonable assurance that an extinguisher is fully charged and operable.  This is done by seeing that it is in its designated place, that it has not been actuated or tampered with, that the visual inspection seal is intact, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent operation.  Inspections should always be conducted when extinguishers are initially placed in service and thereafter at approximately 30 day intervals.  These inspections are typically performed and recorded by the business owner to meet Life Safety Code.  JFS can also provide this service.

ANNUAL MAINTENANCE
Extinguishers need to be maintained at regular intervals, not more than one year apart, or when specifically indicated by an inspection.  Maintenance is a “thorough check” of the extinguisher by a certified agent.  This is intended to give maximum assurance that an extinguisher will operate effectively and safely.  It includes a thorough examination and any necessary repair, recharging or replacement.  the check will reveal the need for periodic required testing of an extinguisher.

REQUIRED TEST INTERVALS
Extinguishers need to be tested at regular intervals as required in the Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers (NFPA-10) or more frequently when inspection or maintenance indicates a specific need.  Such tests are usually required on extinguisher shells, cylinders, some cartridges and some hose assemblies.  Test intervals as as determined by NFPA-10 are dependent on the type of extinguisher or D.O.T. cylinder.

RECORD KEEPING
Each extinguisher must have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year the maintenance was performed and shall identify the person performing the service.  The same record tag or label shall indicate if recharging was also performed. Fire department inspectors will check these tags during routine building inspections.  Records to be kept on file will vary based on insurance and/or OSHA oversight requirements.

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Ground Ladders

Ground Ladder Inspection

Any fire service ladder failing any inspection or test will be immediately taken out of service.  Ladder will not be put in service until all repairs are performed and ladder is retested.

If a ground ladder is extremely dirty and needs to be cleaned before inspection and testing, JFS will clean the ladder for an additional fee. For an additional cost, your department may request JFS to clean all ground ladders for preventative maintenance.

Inspection and repair summary will be submitted to department for review.  Ladder tests can be completed at your department or at our facility in Middleton, WI.
All tests will be performed in accordance with NFPA 1932.

 

Ladder Test Includes:

  • Inspection of ladder
  • Horizontal bend test
  • Hardware test
  • Roof ladder hook test

 

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3M Scott Air-Pak

Does your department have SCBA policies, procedures and processes that meet NFPA 1852? This is the standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus. These are our standards, and while your jurisdiction may not have formally adopted NFPA 1852, or any of the other NFPA standards, those standards will be used to evaluate the actions of your department and its personnel during a LODD investigation or lawsuit.

JFS has a full service testing, repair and maintenance facility. Our factory trained and certified technicians can inspect and flow test your Air-Paks with our PosiChek3 using Scott Safety SCBA manufacturer provided software to keep you compliant and ready. We have both mobile and in-house service to meet your Air-Paks flow test requirements.

In addition to Air-Pak flow testing, maintenance and repair we offer SCBA fit testing. Tight-fitting respiratory protection devices must fit properly in order to provide proper protection. The fit testing process ensures that the user has the proper size, make or model of mask. This process is required for both positive and negative pressure devices, is mandatory every 2 years and is recommended annually. 

Air Pak Service

Organizations can choose to rent a fit-testing machine or have fit-testing done on-site by one of our specialists.  We are capable of testing both Scott and MSA equipment.

To schedule service for your equipment you can contact our Service Manager  at 608-575-5379 or email.

More than ever before, fire department leaders must ensure that their department maintains accurate and detailed documentation that complies with applicable laws, rules, standards and regulations. You have more detailed regulatory requirements and an increased emphasis on firefighter safety. Jefferson Fire & Safety is here to help you meet those requirements.

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Mobile Pumps

Pump testing is an integral and vital part of apparatus safety and maintenance.  A multiple-alarm fire is no place to test the pump- however, the test pit is.

All fire apparatus should be tested yearly, no exceptions or excuses.  One of our technicians will be on-site in the event minor repairs need to be made during the testing.

 

NFPA 1911 Compliant Pump Testing Includes:

  • Testing of all controls
  • Written report
  • Master drain operation
  • Throttle operation
  • Battery condition
  • Emergency lights
  • Pressure and flow testing
  • Pressure relief controls test
  • Tank to pump flow check
  • Dry vacuum test
  • Pressure gauge checks

 

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Cylinder Hydrostatic

To ensure the quality of the work and to keep your cost of cylinder maintenance as low as possible, we do not ship cylinders to a third party, Jefferson Fire & Safety does all of it’s hydrostatic testing at it’s facility in Middleton, WI.

Hydrostatic testing is the most common way to check an SCBA cylinder for leaks or flaws. During a hydrostatic test, the cylinder is examined to ensure it can safely hold its rated pressure. SCBA cylinder hydrostatic testing is crucial as such containers can explode if they fail when containing compressed gas.

A hydrostatic test consists of filling the cylinder with a nearly incompressible liquid—usually water—and examining it for leaks or permanent changes in shape. The test pressure is always considerably more than the operating pressure to give a margin for safety. Typically, 150% of the operating pressure is used. Water is commonly used as it is almost incompressible and will only expand by a very small amount. If high-pressure gas was used, the gas could expand up to several hundred times its compressed volume, running the risk of serious injury.

All SCBA cylinders require periodic hydrostatic testing as required by 49 CFR 180.205. The frequency of the maintenance depends upon the cylinder material.

  • Steel cylinders should be tested every five years and have an indefinite service life until they fail a hydro test.
  • Aluminum cylinders (not including hoop-wrapped) should be tested every five years and have an indefinite service life until they fail a hydro test.
  • Hoop-wrapped cylinders should be tested every three years and have a 15-year service life.
  • Fully wrapped fiberglass cylinders should be tested every three years and have a 15-year service life.
  • Fully wrapped Kevlar cylinders should be tested every three years and have a 15-year service life.
  • Fully wrapped carbon fiber cylinders should be tested every five years and have a 15-year service life.

​Cylinders should not be filled if they have exceeded their valid service life or re-test dates. Cylinders which show evidence of exposure to high heat or flames (paint turned to a brown or black color, decals missing or gauge lens melted) need to be removed from service and re-hydrostatic tested prior to recharging. If there is any doubt about the suitability of the cylinder for recharge, it should be returned to a certified hydrostatic test facility for examination and retesting. Any evidence of a crack, defect or damage requires the cylinder to be removed from service.

The DOT requires that hydrostatic retesting and re-qualification be conducted by registered agents who have been certified by the DOT and who have been issued a valid Re-testers Identification Number (RIN) by the DOT Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA).

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