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H.B. 266 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Joseph G. Murray

Senate Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Public Safety Code regarding fire safety.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes a certification program for persons who inspect and test fire alarm
             14      systems;
             15          .    requires the Utah Fire Prevention Board by administrative rule to establish an
             16      application fee and standards for certification, application, renewal, and revocation;
             17      and
             18          .    requires applicants to:
             19              .    submit a written application on the form prescribed by the board;
             20              .    provide evidence of competency; and
             21              .    submit the required fee.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28          53-7-204, as last amended by Chapter 103, Laws of Utah 2003
             29      ENACTS:

             30          53-7-225.6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 53-7-204 is amended to read:
             34           53-7-204. Duties of Utah Fire Prevention Board -- Local administrative duties.
             35          (1) The board shall:
             36          (a) make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
             37      Rulemaking Act:
             38          (i) adopting a nationally recognized fire code and the specific edition of that fire code
             39      as the state fire code to be used as the standard;
             40          (ii) establishing minimum standards for the prevention of fire and for the protection of
             41      life and property against fire and panic in any:
             42          (A) publicly owned building, including all public and private schools, colleges, and
             43      university buildings;
             44          (B) building or structure used or intended for use as an asylum, a mental hospital, a
             45      hospital, a sanitarium, a home for the aged, an assisted living facility, a children's home or day
             46      care center, or any similar institutional type occupancy of any capacity; and
             47          (C) place of assemblage where 50 or more persons may gather together in a building,
             48      structure, tent, or room for the purpose of amusement, entertainment, instruction, or education;
             49          (iii) establishing safety and other requirements for placement and discharge of display
             50      fireworks based upon:
             51          (A) the specific edition of the nationally recognized fire code selected by the board
             52      under Subsection (1)(a)(i); and
             53          (B) relevant publications of the National Fire Protection Association;
             54          (iv) establishing minimum safety standards for retail storage, handling, and sale of
             55      class C common state approved explosives;
             56          (v) defining methods to establish proof of competence to place and discharge display
             57      fireworks;

             58          (vi) for deputizing qualified persons to act as deputy fire marshals, and to secure
             59      special services in emergencies;
             60          (vii) implementing Sections 53-7-106 and 53-7-205 ;
             61          (viii) setting guidelines for use of funding; and
             62          (ix) establishing criteria for training and safety equipment grants for fire departments
             63      enrolled in firefighter certification;
             64          (b) recommend to the commissioner a state fire marshal;
             65          (c) develop policies under which the state fire marshal and his authorized
             66      representatives will perform;
             67          (d) provide for the employment of field assistants and other salaried personnel as
             68      required;
             69          (e) prescribe the duties of the state fire marshal and his authorized representatives;
             70          (f) establish a statewide fire prevention, fire education, and fire service training
             71      program in cooperation with the Board of Regents;
             72          (g) establish a statewide fire statistics program for the purpose of gathering fire data
             73      from all political subdivisions of the state;
             74          (h) establish a fire academy in accordance with Section 53-7-204.2 ;
             75          (i) coordinate the efforts of all people engaged in fire suppression in the state;
             76          (j) work aggressively with the local political subdivisions to reduce fire losses;
             77          (k) regulate the sale and servicing of portable fire extinguishers and automatic fire
             78      suppression systems in the interest of safeguarding lives and property; [and]
             79          (l) establish a certification program for persons who inspect and test automatic fire
             80      sprinkler systems[.]; and
             81          (m) establish a certification program for persons who inspect and test fire alarm
             82      systems.
             83          (2) The board may incorporate in its rules by reference, in whole or in part, nationally
             84      recognized and readily available standards and codes pertaining to the protection of life and
             85      property from fire, explosion, or panic.

             86          (3) (a) The board may only make amendments to the state fire code adopted under
             87      Subsection (1)(a)(i) in accordance with Section 53-7-205 .
             88          (b) The amendments may be applicable to the entire state or within a city, county, or
             89      fire protection district.
             90          (4) The following functions shall be administered locally by a city, county, or fire
             91      protection district:
             92          (a) issuing permits, including open burning permits pursuant to Sections 11-7-1 and
             93      19-2-114 ;
             94          (b) creating a local board of appeals in accordance with the state fire code; and
             95          (c) establishing, modifying, or deleting fire flow and water supply requirements.
             96          Section 2. Section 53-7-225.6 is enacted to read:
             97          53-7-225.6. Inspection and testing of fire alarm systems -- Certification and
             98      exceptions.
             99          (1) (a) Each person, other than fire and building inspectors and electricians licensed
             100      under Title 58, Chapter 55, Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act, engaged in the inspection
             101      and testing of fire alarm systems shall be certified by the state fire marshal.
             102          (b) The board shall by administrative rule prescribe:
             103          (i) an application form; and
             104          (ii) standards for certification qualification and for renewal and revocation.
             105          (2) Applicants for certification as a fire alarm system inspector and tester shall:
             106          (a) submit a written application on the form prescribed by the board;
             107          (b) provide evidence of competency as required by the board; and
             108          (c) submit the fee established under Subsection (3).
             109          (3) The board may establish an application fee under Section 63-38-3.2 .

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