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1 DE Admin. Code 703
The Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission, pursuant to 16 Del.C. §6604(1), proposes to revise regulation 703 by adding a definition for “major deficiency,” clarifying that at the time of renewal, a certificate holder must maintain current NICET certification at the minimum level that was required at the time of original licensure. The proposed changes also remove reference to the Annexes and Appendixes which are no longer part of the regulations.
Automatic Detecting Device. A device which automatically detects heat, smoke, or other products of combustion.
Automatic Fire Alarm System. A fire alarm system containing automatic detecting device(s) which actuates a fire alarm signal.
Automatic Fixed Fire Suppression System. An engineered system using carbon dioxide (CO2), dry chemical, wet chemical, foam, clean agent, a halogenated extinguishing agent, or water spray system to automatically detect and suppress a fire through fixed piping and nozzles.
Automatic Sprinkler System. For fire protection purposes, an integrated system of underground and overhead piping designed in accordance with fire protection engineering standards. The installation includes one or more automatic water supplies. The portion of the system aboveground is a network of specially sized or hydraulically designed piping installed in a building, structure or area, generally overhead, and to which sprinklers are attached in a systematic pattern. The valve controlling each system riser is located in the system riser or its supply piping. Each sprinkler system riser includes a device for actuating an alarm when the system is in operation. The system is usually activated by heat from a fire and discharges water over the fire area.
Automatic Water Supply. Water supplied through a gravity or pressure tank or automatically operated fire pumps, or from a direct connection to an approved municipal water main.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2). A colorless, odorless, electrically nonconductive inert gas.
Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing System (CO2). A system to supply carbon dioxide (CO2) from a pressurized vessel through fixed pipes and nozzles. The system may include an automatic detection and actuating mechanism.
Central Station System. A system or group of systems, the operations of which are signaled to, recorded in, maintained and supervised from an approved central station, in which there are competent and experienced observers and operators in attendance at all times whose duty it shall be, upon receipt of a signal, to take such action as shall be required under the rules established for their guidance. Such systems shall be controlled and operated by a person, firm or corporation whose principal business is the furnishing and maintaining of supervised protection signaling service and who does not have interest in the protected properties.
Clean Agent”. Electrically nonconducting, volatile or gaseous fire extinguishant that does not leave a residue upon evaporation.
Cooking Appliances”. All ranges, ovens, food boilers, upright broilers, charcoal broilers, char broilers, griddles, deep fat fryers, or similar appliances used to heat, cook, or process food for human or animal consumption.
Detector, Smoke”. An approved, listed detector for sensing visible or invisible products of combustion.
Dry Chemical”. A powder composed of small particles, usually of sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate/urea or ammonium phosphate, with added particulate material supplemented by special treatment to prevent caking and provide flowability.
Dry Chemical Extinguishing System”. A system consisting of dry chemical and expellant gas storage tanks, fixed piping, and nozzles used to assure proper distribution of an approved extinguishing agent on a specific fire hazard or into a potential fire area. The system may include an automatic detection and actuating mechanism.
Dry Pipe System”. As applied to water, fire suppression systems shall mean a system of piping which is filled with air under pressure and a permanent water supply is controlled by an approved automatic dry pipe valve which releases the water supply by the release of air in the event of fire.
Dry System”. As applied to water, fire suppression systems shall mean a system without permanent or automatic water supply but equipped with a fire department connection.
Engineered System”. A functional unit requiring individual calculation and design to determine the flow rates, nozzle pressures, quantities of extinguishing agent and the number and types of nozzles and their placement for the protection of a specific hazard.
Fire Protection System”. A system including systems, devices and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm or suppress fire or any combination thereof.
Fire Suppression System”. A mechanical system designed and equipped to detect a fire, actuate an alarm and to suppress a fire.
Foam Extinguishing System”. A special system to discharge a foam made from concentrates, either mechanically or chemically, over the area to be protected.
Grease Consuming Appliances or Fume Incinerator”. Devices intended for placement over restaurant type cooking equipment in the exhaust duct and through which all exhaust vapors or smoke must pass. Grease and other particulate matter from cooking fumes and exhaust are removed by open flames.
Grease Extractor”. A device intended for the removal of smoke and grease laden particles from exhaust fumes or vapors created by cooking operations. A grease extractor device normally consists of a hood, a grease collection device, a wash system, means to detect excessive temperature of the exhaust gases which activates a device to prevent flame and excessively hot gases from entering the exhaust duct, and associated electrical controls.
Halogenated Extinguishing Agents”. A halogenated compound is one which contains one or more atoms of an element from the halogen chemical series: fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine. Halogenated extinguishing compounds shall be restricted to the following:
Halogenated Extinguishing System”. A system of pipes, nozzles and an actuating mechanism and a container of halogenated agent under pressure.
Inspection”. A visual examination of a fire protection system, or a portion thereof, to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free from physical damage.
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Service”. A service program provided by a qualified contractor or owner's representative in which all components unique to the property's systems are inspected and tested at the required times and necessary maintenance is provided. This program includes the logging and retention of relevant records. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual parts or devices when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Local Alarm System”. A local system sounding an alarm as the result of the manual operation of a fire alarm box or the operation of protection equipment or systems, such as water flowing in a sprinkler system, the discharge of carbon dioxide, the detection of smoke or the detection of heat.
Maintenance”. Repair service including periodically recurrent inspections and tests, required to keep fire protection systems and their component parts in an operative condition at all times. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual parts or devices when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Major Deficiency”. A deficiency noted during an inspection or test of a fire protection system which, if not corrected, will prevent the system from operating or, if not corrected, will result in the system operating in an adverse manner to such consequence as to result in a catastrophic outcome.
Riser”. The vertical supply pipes in a sprinkler system or standpipe system.
Testing”. A procedure to determine the status of a system as intended by conducting periodic physical checks on the fire protection system. These test follow up on the original acceptance tests at intervals specified in the National Fire Protection Association's National Fire Codes, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations and as referenced in Appendix F of these Regulations.
Waterflow Alarm”. An alarm activated by waterflow from a sprinkler system.
Wet System”. As applied to water, fire suppression systems shall mean a system which is filled with water and connected to a permanent water supply under pressure so that water is discharged immediately from sprinklers opened by a fire or from open hose outlet valves.
3.1.2.1 In all health care, institutional, place of assembly, or educational, (including and day care) occupancies an impairment permit shall be obtained prior to any planned impairment which will render the system inoperable or out of service.
3.1.3.1 In all health care, institutional, place of assembly, or educational, (including and day care) occupancies an impairment permit shall be obtained immediately after discovery of any impairment which will render the system inoperable or out of service. If the Office of the State Fire Marshal is not open when the impairment is discovered, the office shall be notified by calling the local fire dispatch center and asking for the "On call Deputy Fire Marshal".
3.1.1 Anyone requesting a license to service, repair, or maintain portable fire extinguishers as required under this Chapter, must appear in person at the Office of the State Fire Marshal with the payment of a licensure fee as prescribed in Appendix E these Regulations. That individual will be permitted to take a written test for licensure to service, maintain, or repair portable fire extinguishers.
3.2.1 The license year period shall expire on a date as scheduled by the State Fire Marshal, pursuant to the provisions of 16 Del.C. §6607(g)(5)(d). The State Fire Marshal shall charge such fees in the application of these Regulations as defined in Appendix E of these Regulations.
Note: Existing hydrants that were painted a different color in accordance with a previous edition of the Regulation in effect at the time, shall be permitted to remain that color until such time that it needs to be repainted. At that time, it shall be painted a color in compliance with the current Regulation.
Fire Alarm Signaling System”. Shall mean any signaling system which is designed to detect the existence of fire, and any signaling system which is either automatically or manually activated to either audibly or visually notify anyone either on or off the property or within or without the structure of a fire condition. It shall not include systems or devices which are primarily designed to suppress or extinguish a fire. It is further defined that a separate fire alarm signaling system consists of a control unit, initiating circuits, signaling circuits, primary and secondary power supplies and is designed and installed to function as one system.
Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Company (Vendor)”. Shall mean any individual, group thereof, any partnership, group, organization, company, corporation, or any other entity, which performs any of the functions related to preparing technical documents, installing either in whole or in part, inspecting, testing or maintaining fire alarm signaling systems or any portion thereof, who advertise their services or profess to engage in the activities detailed in this Chapter as a business, in or for a contractual consideration or charge a fee for the activities detailed, herein.
Full Time Employee”. Shall mean any employee working a minimum of thirty hours per week, averaged over a period of one year, who regularly receives a compensation from the licensed company, and receives a W-2 form annually from the licensed company.
Inspection”. A visual examination of a fire alarm signaling system or a portion thereof to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free from physical damage.
Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Service”. A service program provided by a qualified contractor or owner's representative in which all components unique to the property's systems are inspected and tested at the required times and necessary maintenance is provided. This program includes logging and retention of relevant records. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual initiating devices, indicating appliances or supervisory devices when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Install/Installation”. Shall mean the initial placement of all system components or equipment, or the extension, modification or alteration of system components or equipment after the initial placement. It shall further mean the installation and mounting of signaling system devices, conduit, wiring, back and junction boxes. This definition shall be further interpreted to mean that any movement or placement of system components or equipment, must be preceded by submission of technical documents for review and approval by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, submitted by a company licensed or by an individual certified to do so under this Chapter, and that the installation testing and acceptance tests are the responsibility of the licensed company or certified individual, who has submitted such technical documents.
Installation Testing”. Shall mean that testing which is required by the National Fire Protection Association's National Fire Codes and Standards, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, during the initial installation of a fire alarm signaling system. Installation testing shall include, but not be limited to:
a. Stray Voltages. Verify that stray (unwanted) voltages that could constitute a hazard or prevent proper system operation do not exist between the installation conductors and ground or between installation conductors.
b. Ground Faults. All installation conductors other than those intentionally and permanently grounded should be tested for isolation from ground using an insulation testing device that will not damage connected equipment.
c. Short Circuit Faults. All installation conductors other than those intentionally connected together should be tested for conductor-to-conductor isolation using an insulation testing device. These same circuits should be tested conductor-to ground, also.
d. Loop Resistance. With each initiating and indicating circuit installation conductor pair short-circuited at the far end, measure and record the resistance of each circuit. Verify that the loop resistance does not exceed the manufacturer's specified limits.
Maintenance”. Repair service, including periodically recurrent inspections and tests, required to keep the protective signaling system and its component parts in an operative condition at all times. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual initiating devices, indicating appliances or supervisory devices when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Preparing Technical Documents”. Shall mean the preparation of detailed fire alarm signaling system drawings, calculations, and specifications for installation in accordance with the applicable codes, statutes and regulations adopted by the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission. It is further defined to mean that the technical documents, specifications, and design drawings referred to in this section are the documents which shall be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal for review and approval.
Responsible Charge”. Shall mean the individual, who is responsible to ensure that all of the requirements of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations are complied with in the application of those standards and specifications to fire alarm signaling systems. The person, or persons, of responsible charge shall be accountable for each phase of the following activities with respect to fire alarm signaling systems, when such activities constitute an element of their particular Class of Certificate:
Testing”. A procedure to determine the status of a system as intended by conducting periodic physical checks on fire alarm signaling systems. These tests follow up on the original acceptance tests at intervals specified in the National Protection Association's National Fire Codes and Standards, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, which addresses the systems detailed under this Chapter.
3.2.4 Delaware Business License. The Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Company must hold a current Delaware Business License as defined in 30 Del.C. §2301, and must be qualified to do business in the State of Delaware and must be registered with the Secretary of State. A copy of the current Delaware Business License shall be submitted at the time of application for a license and upon each subsequent renewal request.
3.4.1.2 The Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Company must file proof of State of Delaware Worker's Compensation Insurance in accordance with 19 Del.C. Ch. 23 - Workers' Compensation. Any company, business, or person(s) claiming an exemption from Workers' Compensation laws of this State shall provide proof in the form of a written correspondence to the Office of the State Fire Marshal that the company, business, or person(s) is not required by the laws of this State to maintain Workers' Compensation coverage.
7.1 Technical documents, specifications, and complete drawings shall be required to be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in accordance with 16 Del.C. Ch. 66 for all proposed fire alarm signaling system installations, additions or modifications excluding Class V category occupancies.
8.1.1 Certificates of Inspection as called for in §8.1 for fire alarm signaling systems, that are located in the jurisdiction of the Jurisdictional Assistant State Fire Marshals, shall be forwarded to the appropriate Jurisdictional Assistant State Fire Marshal’s Office by the licensed company along with the appropriate fees, if applicable.
9.1 Fees as charged in accordance with §8.1 of this Chapter and Appendix E these Regulations for the submission of Certificates of Inspections shall be due and payable to the Office of the State Fire Marshal according to the provisions of Chapter 1, §4.1.4 of this Regulation.
10.1 The failure of the licensed company to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations.
Fire Suppression System”. Consists of an automatic or manual system designed to protect the interior or exterior of a building or structure from fire. Such systems include, but are not limited to, water systems, water spray systems, foam-water systems, foam-water spray systems, CO2 systems, foam extinguishing systems, dry chemical systems, clean agent and other chemical systems used for fire protection use. Such systems also include the overhead and fire mains, standpipes and hose connections to systems, tank heaters, air lines, thermal systems used in connection with sprinklers and tanks and pumps connected thereto. Fire alarm systems, small pre-engineered fire suppression systems, portable fire extinguishers and wheeled fire extinguishers are covered under other Regulations of the Fire Prevention Commission. It is further defined that a separate fire suppression system consists of a series of sprinkler or like nozzles connected to a piping system which are controlled by a main control valve and are designed and installed to function as one system.
Fire Suppression Systems Company (Vendor)”. Shall mean any individual, group thereof, any partnership, group organization, company, corporation, or any other entity which performs any of the functions related to preparing technical documents, installing either in whole or in part, inspection, testing or maintaining fire suppression systems or any portion thereof, who advertise their services or profess to engage in the activities detailed in this Chapter as a business, in or for a contractual consideration or charge a fee for the activities detailed, herein.
Full Time Employee”. Shall mean any employee working a minimum of thirty hours per week, averaged over a period of one year, who regularly receives a compensation from the licensed company and receives a W-2 form annually from the licensed company.
Inspection”. A visual examination of a fire suppression system or a portion thereof to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free from physical damage.
Inspection, Testing And Maintenance Service”. A service program provided by a qualified contractor or owner's representative in which all components unique to the property's systems are inspected and tested at the required times and necessary maintenance is provided. This program includes logging and retention of relevant records. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual suppression devices or components when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Install/Installation”. Shall mean the initial placement of all system components or equipment; or the extension, modification or alteration of system components or equipment after the initial placement. This definition shall be further interpreted to mean that any movement or placement of system components or equipment, must be preceded by submission of technical documents for review and approval by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, submitted by a company licensed or by an individual certified to do so under this Chapter, and that the installation testing and acceptance tests are the responsibility of the licensed company or certified individual who has submitted such technical documents.
Maintenance”. Repair service, including periodically recurrent inspections and tests, required to keep the suppression system and its component parts in an operative condition at all times. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual suppression devices or components when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Preparing Technical Documents”. Shall mean the preparation of detailed fire suppression system drawings, calculations and specifications for installation in accordance with the applicable codes, statutes and regulations adopted by the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission. It is further defined to mean that the technical documents, specifications and design drawings referred to in this section are the documents which shall be submitted to the Office State Marshal for review and approval.
Responsible Charge”. Shall mean the individual, who is responsible to ensure that all of the requirements of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations are complied with in the application of those standards and specifications to fire suppression systems. The person, or persons, of responsible charge shall be accountable for each phase of the following activities with respect to fire suppression systems, when such activities constitute an element of their particular Class of Certificate:
Sprinkler System”. For fire protection purposes, an integrated system of underground and overhead piping designed in accordance with fire protection engineering standards. The installation includes one or more automatic water supplies. The portion of the system aboveground is a network of specially sized or hydraulically designed piping installed in a building, structure or area, generally overhead, and to which sprinklers are attached in a systematic pattern. The valve controlling each system riser is located in the system riser or its supply piping. Each sprinkler system riser includes a device for actuating an alarm when the system is in operation. The system is usually activated by heat from a fire and discharges water over the fire area.
Testing”. A procedure to determine the status of a system as intended by conducting periodic physical checks on fire suppression systems. These tests follow up on the original acceptance tests at intervals specified in the National Protection Associations National Fire Codes, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, which addresses the systems detailed under this Chapter.
3.2.4 Delaware Business License. The Fire Suppression Systems Company shall hold a current Delaware Business License as defined in 30 Del.C. §2301, and must be qualified to do business in the State of Delaware and must be registered with the Secretary of the State. A copy of the current Delaware Business License shall be submitted at the time of application for a license and upon each subsequent renewal request.
3.4.1.2 The Fire Suppression Systems Company must file proof of the State of Delaware Worker's Compensation Insurance in accordance with 19 Del.C. Ch. 23 - Workers' Compensation. Any company, business, or person(s) claiming an exemption from Workers' Compensation laws of this State shall provide proof in the form of a written correspondence to the Office of the State Fire Marshal that the company, business, or person(s) is not required by the laws of this State to maintain Workers' Compensation coverage.
9.1 Fees as charged in accordance with §8.1 of this Chapter and Appendix E of these Regulations for the submission of Certificates of Inspections shall be due and payable to the Office of the State Fire Marshal according to the provisions of Chapter 1 §4.1.4 of this Regulation.
10.1 The failure of the licensed company to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations.
Fire Alarm Signaling System”. Shall mean any signaling system which is designed to detect the existence of a fire, and any signaling system which is either automatically or manually activated to either audibly or visually notify anyone either on or off the property or within or without the structure of a fire condition. It shall not include systems or devices which are primarily designed to suppress or extinguish a fire. It is further defined that a separate fire alarm signaling system consists of a control unit, initiating circuits, signaling circuits, primary and secondary power supplies and is designed and installed to function as one system.
Fire Alarm Signaling Systems In-House Licensee (In-House Licensee)”. Where used in this Chapter, shall mean any individual, group thereof, any partnership, group, organization, company, corporation, or any other entity, which performs any of the functions related to inspecting, testing or maintaining fire alarm signaling systems, or a portion thereof, who limits their practice or function to fire alarm signaling systems, wholly owned or proprietary to their individual and particular buildings, complexes, etc.
Full Time Employee”. Shall mean any employee working a minimum of thirty hours per week, averaged over a period of one year, who regularly receives a compensation from the In-House Licensee, and receives a W-2 form annually from the In-House Licensee.
Inspection”. A visual examination of a fire alarm signaling system or a portion thereof to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free from physical damage.
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Service”. A service program provided by a qualified contractor or owner's representative in which all components unique to the property's systems are inspected and tested at the required times and necessary maintenance is provided. This program includes logging and retention of relevant records. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual initiating devices, indicating appliances or supervisory devices when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Install/Installation”. Shall mean the initial placement of all system components or equipment; or the extension, modification or alteration of system components or equipment after the initial placement. It shall further mean the installation and mounting of signaling system devices, conduit, wiring, back and junction boxes. This definition shall be further interpreted to mean that any movement or placement of system components or equipment, must be preceded by submission of technical documents for review and approval by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, submitted by a company licensed or an individual certified to do so under Regulation 703, Chapter 4, and that the installation testing and the acceptance test are the responsibility of the licensed company or certified individual, who has submitted such technical documents.
Installation Testing”. Shall mean that testing which is required by the National Fire Protection Association's National Fire Codes, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, during the initial installation of a fire alarm signaling system. Installation testing shall include, but not be limited to:
Maintenance”. Repair service, including periodically recurrent inspections and tests, required to keep the protective signaling system and its component parts in an operative condition at all times. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual initiating devices, indicating appliances or supervisory devices when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Preparing Technical Documents”. Shall mean the preparation of detailed fire alarm signaling system drawings, calculations and specifications for installation in accordance with the applicable codes, statutes and regulations adopted by the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission. It is further defined to mean that the technical documents, specifications and design drawings referred to in this section are the documents which shall be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal for review and approval.
Proprietary”. Where used in this Chapter, shall mean any fire alarm signaling system that is in the care, custody or control of the In-House Licensee. The word proprietary, where used in this Chapter, does not apply to the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, proprietary type systems.
Responsible Charge”. Shall mean the individual, who is responsible to ensure that all of the requirements of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations are complied with in the application of those standards and specifications to fire alarm signaling systems. The person, or persons, of responsible charge shall be accountable for each phase of activities with respect to fire alarm signaling systems, when such activities constitute an element of their particular Class of Certificate.
Testing". A procedure to determine the status of a system as intended by conducting periodic physical checks on fire alarm signaling systems. These tests follow up on the original acceptance tests at intervals specified in the National Protection Associations National Fire Codes, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, which addresses the systems detailed under this Chapter.
3.2.4 Delaware Business License. The In-House Licensee shall hold a current Delaware Business License as defined in 30 Del.C. §2301, and must be qualified to do business in the State of Delaware and must be registered with the Secretary of State. A copy of the current Delaware Business License shall be submitted at the time of application for a license and upon each subsequent renewal request.
3.4.1.2 The In-House Licensee must file proof of State of Delaware Workers’ Compensation Insurance in accordance with 19 Del.C. Ch. 23 - Workers' Compensation. Any company, business, or person(s) claiming an exemption from Workers' Compensation laws of this State shall provide proof in the form of a written correspondence to the Office of the State Fire Marshal that the company, business, or person(s) is not required by the laws of this State to maintain Workers' Compensation coverage.
Note: Violations or orders issued by the State Fire Marshal in the application of this section of the Regulations will be made to the In-House Licensee and to the Certificate Holder.
7.1 Technical documents, specifications and complete drawings shall be required to be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in accordance with 16 Del.C. Ch. 66 for all proposed fire alarm signaling system installations, additions and modifications. These documents shall be submitted by a company licensed in accordance with Regulation 703, Chapter 4.
9.1 Fees as charged in accordance with §8.1 of this Chapter and Appendix E of these Regulations for the submission of Certificates of Inspections shall be due and payable to the Office of the State Fire Marshal according to the provisions of Chapter 1, §4.1.4 of this Regulation.
10.1 The failure of the licensed company to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations.
Fire Suppression System”. Consists of an automatic or manual system designed to protect the interior or exterior of a building or structure from fire. Such systems include, but are not limited to, water systems, water spray systems, foam-water systems, foam-water spray systems, CO2 systems, foam extinguishing systems, dry chemical systems, clean agent and other chemical systems used for fire protection use. Such systems also include the overhead and fire mains, standpipes and hose connections to systems, tank heaters, air lines, thermal systems used in connection with sprinklers and tanks and pumps connected thereto. Fire alarm systems, small pre-engineered fire suppression systems, portable fire extinguishers and wheeled fire extinguishers are covered under other Regulations of the Fire Prevention Commission. It is further defined that a separate fire suppression system consists of a series of sprinkler or like nozzles connected to a piping system which are controlled by a main control valve and are designed and installed to function as one system.
Fire Suppression Systems In-House Licensee (In-House Licensee)”. Where used in this Chapter, shall mean any individual, group thereof, any partnership, group, organization, company, corporation, or any other entity which performs any of the functions related to inspecting, testing or maintaining fire suppression systems or any portion thereof, who limits their practice or function to fire suppression systems wholly owned or proprietary to their individual and particular buildings, complexes, etc.
Full Time Employee”. Shall mean any employee working a minimum of thirty hours per week, averaged over a period of one year, who regularly receives a compensation from the In-House Licensee and receives a W-2 form annually from the In-House Licensee.
Inspection”. A visual examination of a fire suppression system or a portion thereof to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free from physical damage.
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Service”. A service program provided by a qualified contractor or owner's representative in which all components unique to the property's systems are inspected and tested at the required times and necessary maintenance is provided. This program includes logging and retention of relevant records. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual suppression devices or components when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Installing/Installation”. Shall mean the initial placement of all system components or equipment; or the extension, modification or alteration of system components or equipment after the initial placement. This definition shall be further interpreted to mean that any movement or placement of system components or equipment, must be preceded by submission of technical documents for review and approval by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, submitted by a company licensed or an individual certified to do so under Regulation 703, Chapter 5, and that the installation testing and acceptance tests are the responsibility of the licensed company or certified individual, who has submitted such technical documents.
Maintenance”. Repair service, including periodically recurrent inspections and tests, required to keep the suppression system and its component parts in an operative condition at all times. It is permissible under this definition to replace, in kind, individual suppression devices or components when, for any reason, they become undependable or inoperative.
Preparing Technical Documents”. Shall mean the preparation of detailed fire suppression system drawings, calculations, and specifications for installation in accordance with the applicable codes, statutes and regulations adopted by the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission. It is further defined to mean that the technical documents, specifications and design drawings referred to in this section are the documents which shall be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal for review and approval.
Proprietary”. Where used in this Chapter shall mean any fire suppression system in the care, custody or control of the In-House Licensee.
Responsible Charge”. Shall mean the individual, who is responsible to ensure that all of the requirements of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations are complied with in the application of those standards and specifications to fire suppression systems. The person, or persons, of responsible charge shall be accountable for each phase of activities with respect to fire suppression systems when such activities constitute an element of their particular Class of Certificate.
Sprinkler System”. For fire protection purposes, an integrated system of underground and overhead piping designed in accordance with fire protection engineering standards. The installation includes one or more automatic water supplies. The portion of the system aboveground is a network of specially sized or hydraulically designed piping installed in a building, structure or area, generally overhead, and to which sprinklers are attached in a systematic pattern. The valve controlling each system riser is located in the system riser or its supply piping. Each sprinkler system riser includes a device for actuating an alarm when the system is in operation. The system is usually activated by heat from a fire and discharges water over the fire area.
Testing”. A procedure to determine the status of a system as intended by conducting periodic physical checks on fire suppression systems. These tests follow up on the original acceptance tests at intervals specified in the National Protection Associations National Fire Codes, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, which addresses the systems detailed under this Chapter.
3.2.4 Delaware Business License. The In-House Licensee shall hold a current Delaware Business License as defined in 30 Del.C. §2301, and must be qualified to do business in the State of Delaware and must be registered with the Secretary of State. A copy of the current Delaware Business License shall be submitted at the time of application for a license and upon each subsequent renewal request.
3.4.1.2 The In-House Licensee must file proof of State of Delaware Worker's Compensation Insurance in accordance with 19 Del.C. Ch. 23 - Workers' Compensation. Any company, business, or person(s) claiming an exemption from Workers' Compensation laws of this State shall provide proof in the form of a written correspondence to the Office of the State Fire Marshal that the company, business, or person(s) is not required by the laws of this State to maintain Workers' Compensation coverage;
4.1 Certificate Holder.
Note: Violations or orders issued by the State Fire Marshal in the application of this section of the Regulations will be made to the In-House Licensee and to the Certificate Holder.
7.1 Technical documents, specifications and complete drawings shall be required to be submitted to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in accordance with 16 Del.C. Ch. 66 for all proposed fire suppression system installations, additions and modifications. These documents shall be submitted by a company licensed in accordance with Regulation 703, Chapter 5.
9.1 Fees as charged in accordance with §8.1 of this Chapter and Appendix E of these Regulations for the submission of Certificates of Inspections shall be due and payable to the Office of the State Fire Marshal according to the provisions of Chapter 1, §4.1.4 of this Regulation.
10.1 The failure of the licensed company to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations.
Central Station Service”. The use of a system or group of systems in which the operations of circuits and devices at a protected property are signaled to, recorded in, and supervised from a listed central station having competent and experienced operators who, upon receipt of a signal, take such action as required by this code. Related activities at the protected property such as equipment installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and runner service are the responsibility of the central station or a listed fire alarm service-local company. Central station services are controlled and operated by a person, firm, or corporation whose business is the furnishing of such contracted services or whose properties are the protected premises.
Fire Protection System”. A system including systems, devices, and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm or suppress fire or any combination thereof.
Licensed Fire Protection Systems Company (Vendor)”. Shall mean any individual, group thereof, any partnership, group, organization, company, corporation, or any other entity, which performs any of the functions related to preparing technical documents, installing either in whole or in part, inspecting, testing or maintaining fire protection systems or any portion thereof, who advertise their services or profess to engage in the activities detailed in Regulation 703, Chapters 4 and 5, as a business, in or for a contractual consideration or charge a fee for the activities detailed, herein.
Protected Property”. A location, building, structure, process, or hazard that is provided with a fire protection system or systems that is connected to a central station or remote station service, the function of which is to monitor the fire protection system and transmit an alarm, that is to be forwarded to an emergency dispatch center or to a fire department for response of emergency services. For purposes of this Chapter, protected properties shall be those that do not have an identifiable, permanent building number or street address.
Remote Station Fire Alarm System”. A system installed in accordance with this Regulation and the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, as adopted and/or modified by these Regulations, to transmit alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals from one or more protected premises to a remote location at which appropriate action is taken.
Systems Monitoring Service”. Services provided by any individual, firm, organization, or business which monitor any fire protection systems for the purpose of receiving notification of trouble, supervisory, and alarm conditions of the fire protection system.
3.2.4 Delaware Business License. Each licensee must hold a current Delaware Business License as defined in 30 Del.C. §2301, and must be qualified to do business in the State of Delaware. The Delaware Business License Number shall be submitted at the time of application for a license and upon each subsequent renewal request.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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