Audit Report 10-12, Fire Marshal's Office, Released

03/18/15
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The Internal Audit Department released their audit report of the Fire Marshal's Office.

The Fire Prevention Bureau (the Bureau) is directed by the Fire Marshal and is a unit of Tampa Fire Rescue. The Bureau is responsible for:

• Existing Construction - inspection of existing structures on a periodic basis and when complaints are made.
• New Construction - plans examination and inspection of new construction projects.
• Fire/Arson Investigations - investigates the origin and cause of fires.

City Code Sec. 11-27 provides: "All commercial establishments, including residential structures of three (3) or more dwelling units, are subject to periodic fire code compliance inspections." Based on City Code, Section 100.09 of Tampa Fire Rescue’s Rules and Regulations states in part: "The function of the Fire Prevention Division shall be: “Conduct periodic inspections of commercial establishments, including residential structures of three or more dwelling units, for the purpose of determining compliance with fire codes applicable to the use and location of such establishments and facilities. Such inspections be made, within the limits of Bureau resources . . ." Therefore, existing buildings (i.e., nursing homes, high rises, public assembly sites, and child care facilities) are inspected on a periodic basis, ranging from one to five years. Additionally, an annual inspection of all the Hillsborough County District’s public schools is mandated by Florida Statutes.