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California Senate Bill 1205, Hill

Tuesday, March 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
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California Senate Bill 1205, Hill (Mandatory Inspections & Compliance Reporting)
Reporting Template Development
Provided to FDAC from CalChiefs

On September 27, 2018, SB 1205 became effective, and added a new section to the California Health and Safety Code which affects every fire department or fire district in the State.  Existing state law requires every fire department or district providing fire protection services to inspect every building used as a public or private school annually.  This same annual inspection requirement is applicable to hotels, motels, lodging houses, and apartment houses. 

This new bill also requires every fire department or district to annually report to its administering authority their compliance with the annual inspection requirements of the California Health and Safety Code.  The bill also requires the administering authority to formally acknowledge receipt of the compliance report in a resolution or a similar formal document.  SB 1205 holds jurisdictional policy makers accountable to make progress on fire prevention resource requests, and ensures fire department funding allocations account for the longstanding needs of resource deficient fire prevention bureaus.

Lead by the Northern California Fire Prevention Officer’s Association, several resources were identified and developed to assist Departments with this new requirement, and to help standardize the reporting it requires across the State.  Standardization in reporting can bring benefits to the California Fire Service, including: Recognition of the fire prevention profession, the importance of fire prevention inspections throughout our State, the ability to complete comparative analysis by policy makers across agencies and jurisdictions, and other positive outcomes.   

Moving forward, use of this template will help to communicate how safe every jurisdictions schools and multi-family dwelling units are with regards to fire safety.  It will also strengthen and advocate the need for increased funding for fire prevention activities each year, one of the California Fire Service’s required core competencies. 

As always, the California Fire Prevention Officers would like to formally thank our parent organization, the California Fire Chiefs Association for their efforts to provide the California Fire Service the opportunity to formally recognize the accomplishments and needs of our profession.  The California Fire Prevention Officers also appreciate the engagement of our leadership and our members, and we encourage all interested parties to provide your feedback. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Thank You,

Jessica Power
Northern California Fire Prevention Officers


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