Integrated Systems Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems – S1001
FCS Fire Consulting Services is the first ULC Listed Integrated Systems Testing Service Provider. Our team designs custom testing protocols and documentation for your building. Our service verifies the proper integration of fire protection and life safety systems by testing them as a whole in accordance with the CAN/ULC-S1001, Integrated Systems Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems. As part of the close-out documentation we issue a certificate that meets National Building and Fire Code requirements.
Inspection Order or Notice of Violation
Summons / Order to Comply
OFC Part 7 - Assessment & Consulting
We have seen an increase in inspections from various Fire Departments resulting in Inspection Orders & Notice of Violations specifically regarding Part 7. Based on our over 25 years of Part 7 experience with information and research gathered using our strong relations with various Fire Departments, FCS has developed a service to proactively address these concerns in your building and to meet the Fire Department and Ontario Fire Code requirements. Be prepared for Fire Inspection because you ARE going to have one!
The FCS Part 7 OFC Consulting Services include operational testing and test report as well as development of the test & inspection procedures specific to your building. A supplemental document to the fire safety plan (stamped by an Engineer) will be provided that will become a permanent record of the required maintenance for your systems and a guideline for your building supervisory staff to continue to record the necessary quarterly test and inspections for Part 7 OFC.
Fire Code Retrofit, Fire Panel Replacement and System Upgrade
Developing a Project Plan – FCS has been assisting building owners and managers with Fire Code retrofit, fire panel replacement and system upgrade for over 20 years. Our seamless process commences with an audit and evaluation of the existing systems and conditions, current Code and Standard requirements, available technologies and your objectives. We strongly recommend this cost effective technical assessment process to be the first step in preparing your project plan. An FCS Technical Assessment will assist you in determining the parameters for your project specification and provide the information you require for budgeting and planning.
Alternative Compliance – Where compliance with Fire Code Retrofit can not be accomplished due to existing conditions beyond control, FCS offers Alternative Compliance Solutions for submission to and acceptance by the Authorities.
Plans and Specifications – FCS prepares Fire Code Retrofit specifications and works with associated Professional Engineering firms to ensure your project Plans and Specifications meet all applicable requirements for permit application.
Project Administration – FCS understands the challenges faced by owners and managers during retrofit and fire system upgrades and we offer a wide range of Project Administration Services to meet your needs. Project administration services for fire panel replacement may include all or part of our available services; building permit application process, contractor pre-qualifying, complete tender and bid comparison, contractor administration and project consulting from project commencement through to completion, project progress reporting, Fire Safety Plan amendment, building compliance audit, staff training, commissioning of systems, building and fire department clearance, complete project closing package for permanent record.
FCS offers our Annual Fire Safety Review service to review your Fire Code compliance with these “passive” fire protection systems that are not included in conventional fire alarm testing and certification processes. We conduct a thorough review of your Fire Safety Plan document to meet the Fire Code requirement for Annual Plan Review and we conduct a general compliance review of your building, focusing on Part 2 and Part 6 Fire Code requirements for confirmation of Plan implementation. Our report will include a summary of deficiencies, where necessary for compliance and improved life safety. Our Fire Safety Certificate will be issued upon confirmation of Plan implementation compliance and deficiency repair completion.
Fire Safety Plans
Fire Safety Training Programs
Fire Safey Plan Training – Our Fire Safety Plan training program is a 1 hour discussion-type session where building supervisory staff participate in a review of the existing Fire Safety Plan with an FCS Fire Code expert. The session includes a review of emergency procedures, staff duties and responsibilities for fire safety and Fire Code maintenance.
Fire Drill Training – Our Fire Drill training program is a 1 hour “hands-on” session where supervisory staff participate in all Fire Drill responsibilities including a review of emergency panel operations and making emergency voice announcements (where applicable). If staff are not comfortable will emergency panel operations, a CFAA certified fire alarm technician should be arranged to attend the training session. FCS can arrange for a technician on your behalf at an additional cost.
Fire Code Maintenance Training – Our Fire Code Maintenance training program is a 1 hour “hands-on” session where supervisory staff participate in a review of their Fire Code maintenance responsibilities per the Fire Safety Plan as they walk through the building with an FCS Fire Code expert to test, check and inspect passive and physical fire protection systems that they are responsible for on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Proper record keeping procedures will also be reviewed.
Resident Fire Safety Seminars – FCS offers Resident Fire Safety Seminars that are arranged by building management and where requested may focus awareness on building specific fire safety matters as well as incorporate attendance by local Authorities, where available.
Fire Code Compliance Assessments
Legal and Financial Assessments – FCS Legal Compliance Audit services determine Fire Code compliance status and potential capital expenditures prior to the closing of Purchase/Sale agreements. Following an FCS Financial Compliance Audit, lenders (mortgage renewal) requiring proof of Fire Code compliance are satisfied upon obtaining a Letter of Compliance from FCS reviewed and accepted by our associated Professional Engineering firms.
Hoarding Risk Assessment
Smoke/Odour Migration Evaluation
Alternative Compliance Solutions
Submissions / Appeals (Office of the Fire Marshal) – FCS has obtained acceptance from local Authorities for many of our Alternative Compliance Solutions, however a few very complex cases have resulted in our submissions being rejected. In this case, you have right to appeal to the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. FCS has been very successful with both submissions and appeals.
Project Administration – FCS offers project administration services as necessary to meet your needs to facilatate your Approved Alternative Compliance Solution project. Project administration services may include building permit application, contractor pre-qualifying, bid comparison, contractor administration and project consulting from project commencement through to completion, project progress reporting, Fire Safety Plan amendment, building compliance audit, staff training, commissioning of systems, building and fire department clearance, complete project closing package for permanent record.