All timeframes are based on a complete community risk assessment (CRA). Information contained in the CRA will be required to determine time required for each task.
Existing Inspections -
- Determine amount of buildings in each risk category.
- Determine the total amount of buildings at each inspection frequency - annual, biennial, and triennial.
- Determine total number of buildings that need to be inspected annually.
- Divide the total number of buildings that need to be inspected biennially into a 2 year rotation.
- Divide the total number of buildings that need to be inspected triennially into a 3 year rotation.
- You will now have the total number of inspections that must be completed every year.
- Determine the average time required to conduct an inspection. This determination should take into consideration: travel time, inspection process, research and paperwork, and follow-up or re-inspections.
- You will now have the total man hours required.
- Apply the 5 steps outlined in NFPA 1730 to determine the amount of personnel needed to complete this task.
Plan Review/Field Inspections -
- Based on occupancy type and/or building complexity. Tables 7.6.2(a) and 7.6.2(b) provide time requirements based on occupancy and construction type.
- Based on number of sprinkler heads or alarm devices. Tables 7.6.3(a) and 7.6.3(b) provide time requirements based on number of devices.
- Field inspection time is double the plan review time.
- Departments should establish standard operating guidelines for minimum amount of personnel required at a fire investigation. The utilization of Company Officers for initial investigations is strongly encouraged.
- Time required to conduct a fire investigation should include: on-scene time, travel time, report writing, research, follow-up, court appearance, preparation, and data entry. A complete list of items is included in NFPA 1730, section 188.8.131.52.
Public Education -
- Determine what programs are going to be offered.
- Determine how many times the program will be offered.
- Consider time required for each program. Time considerations should include: research and development of the program, promotion of the program, delivery of the program, and follow-up activities.
These are the recommended items for consideration when determining time required for fire prevention tasks, as outlined in NFPA 1730.