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H.B. 47





Sponsor: Joseph G. Murray

             5      This act modifies the Public Safety Code regarding fire safety by establishing a
             6      certification program for persons who inspect or test automatic fire sprinkler systems.
             7      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             8      AMENDS:
             9          53-7-204, as last amended by Chapter 25, Laws of Utah 2001
             10      ENACTS:
             11          53-7-225.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 53-7-204 is amended to read:
             14           53-7-204. Duties of Utah Fire Prevention Board -- Local administrative duties.
             15          (1) The board shall:
             16          (a) make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
             17      Rulemaking Act:
             18          (i) adopting a nationally recognized fire code and the specific edition of that fire code
             19      as the state fire code to be used as the standard;
             20          (ii) establishing minimum standards for the prevention of fire and for the protection of
             21      life and property against fire and panic in any:
             22          (A) publicly owned building, including all public and private schools, colleges, and
             23      university buildings;
             24          (B) building or structure used or intended for use as an asylum, a mental hospital, a
             25      hospital, a sanitarium, a home for the aged, an assisted living facility, a children's home or day
             26      care center, or any similar institutional type occupancy of any capacity; and
             27          (C) place of assemblage where 50 or more persons may gather together in a building,

             28      structure, tent, or room for the purpose of amusement, entertainment, instruction, or education;
             29          (iii) establishing safety and other requirements for placement and discharge of display
             30      fireworks based upon:
             31          (A) the specific edition of the nationally recognized fire code selected by the board
             32      under Subsection (1)(a)(i); and
             33          (B) relevant publications of the National Fire Protection Association;
             34          (iv) establishing minimum safety standards for retail storage, handling, and sale of
             35      class C common state approved explosives;
             36          (v) defining methods to establish proof of competence to place and discharge display
             37      fireworks;
             38          (vi) for deputizing qualified persons to act as deputy fire marshals, and to secure
             39      special services in emergencies;
             40          (vii) implementing Sections 53-7-106 and 53-7-205 ;
             41          (viii) setting guidelines for use of funding; and
             42          (ix) establishing criteria for training and safety equipment grants for fire departments
             43      enrolled in firefighter certification;
             44          (b) recommend to the commissioner a state fire marshal;
             45          (c) develop policies under which the state fire marshal and his authorized
             46      representatives will perform;
             47          (d) provide for the employment of field assistants and other salaried personnel as
             48      required;
             49          (e) prescribe the duties of the state fire marshal and his authorized representatives;
             50          (f) establish a statewide fire prevention, fire education, and fire service training
             51      program in cooperation with the Board of Regents;
             52          (g) establish a statewide fire statistics program for the purpose of gathering fire data
             53      from all political subdivisions of the state;
             54          (h) establish a fire academy in accordance with Section 53-7-204.2 ;
             55          (i) coordinate the efforts of all people engaged in fire suppression in the state;
             56          (j) work aggressively with the local political subdivisions to reduce fire losses; [and]
             57          (k) regulate the sale and servicing of portable fire extinguishers and automatic fire
             58      suppression systems in the interest of safeguarding lives and property[.]; and

             59          (l) establish a certification program for persons who inspect and test automatic fire
             60      sprinkler systems.
             61          (2) The board may incorporate in its rules by reference, in whole or in part, nationally
             62      recognized and readily available standards and codes pertaining to the protection of life and
             63      property from fire, explosion, or panic.
             64          (3) (a) The board may only make amendments to the state fire code adopted under
             65      Subsection (1)(a)(i) in accordance with Section 53-7-205 .
             66          (b) The amendments may be applicable to the entire state or within a city, county, or
             67      fire protection district.
             68          (4) The following functions shall be administered locally by a city, county, or fire
             69      protection district:
             70          (a) issuing permits, including open burning permits pursuant to Sections 11-7-1 and
             71      19-2-114 ;
             72          (b) creating a local board of appeals in accordance with the state fire code; and
             73          (c) establishing, modifying, or deleting fire flow and water supply requirements.
             74          Section 2. Section 53-7-225.5 is enacted to read:
             75          53-7-225.5. Inspection and testing of automatic fire sprinkler systems --
             76      Certification required.
             77          (1) Each person engaged in the inspection and testing of automatic fire sprinkler
             78      systems shall be certified by the state fire marshal.
             79          (2) The board shall by rule prescribe an application form and standards for certification
             80      qualification and for renewal and revocation.
             81          (3) Applicants for certification as an automatic fire sprinkler system inspector and
             82      tester shall:
             83          (a) submit a written application on the form prescribed by the board;
             84          (b) provide evidence of competency as required by the board; and
             85          (c) submit the fee established under Subsection (4).
             86          (4) The board may establish an application fee under Section 63-38-3.2 .

Legislative Review Note
    as of 8-27-02 11:28 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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