The Fire Marshal oversees all activities within the Fire Marshal's Office. This Activities Include:
The Fire Marshal also participates in the development of short and long-term goals for the Fire Department's Strategic Plan. More detailed activities of the Fire Marshal's Office can be viewed in the Covington Fire Department's Annual Report.
The Fire Marshal and Asst. Fire Marshal conduct plan reviews and fire inspections for code compliance. The Covington Fire Department evaluates all commercial Construction projects for code compliance in the following areas:
In the review process, the Fire Marshal examine:
Emergency vehicle access
Fire hydrant location
Access for the general public
Compliance pertaining to the Life Safety Code
The Handicapped Code
The State Code
The International Fire Code
Any other code applicable within the city Ordinance
Plans for fire sprinkler protection systems are reviewed for all buildings where required in both industrial and commercial applications (see the City of Covington Sprinkler Ordinance for details.)
After an individual obtains a permit, he or she submits two sets of plans to the Fire Marshals Office located at the Covington Fire Departments Headquarters Building: 2101 Pace Street Covington, GA. 30014. Plan Review usually takes three to five business days. When there is deficiency with the plans, the Fire Marshal notes the deficiency and may return the plans to the appropriate person for corrections. Contact the Covington Fire Marshal's Office at (770) 385-2105.
The Fire Marshal's Office conducts inspections on new buildings and on an annual basis for code compliance. The office also handles complaints and provides assistance to fire suppression crews when the crew comes across a technical code issue they are unable to address. Inspections are conducted in the following areas:
- Life Safety
- Handicap Accessibility
- Fire Sprinkler Systems
- Fire Alarm Systems
During the construction or renovation process the Fire Department requires inspections to ensure conformity to the approved plans and compliance to all applicable codes and ordinances. A Fire Department Inspector conducts an on-site inspection at least twice: at the 80% stage and then at the 100% completion of the project. When applicable, an inspector will require an inspection of the fire sprinkler system. Normally, we will perform an inspection the day following the request. If a project fails an inspection, we will schedule another time to re-inspect. Once a project passes the final inspection, a certificate of occupancy is issued.
For Plan Review questions, you can reach the Fire Marshal at (770) 385-2100.