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The Paramus Fire Prevention Bureau is a multifaceted department responsible for enforcing the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey and the Fire Protection Subcode requirements of the N.J. Uniform Construction Code.
The Uniform Fire Code was established through the Uniform Fire Safety Act, it was developed to assure that fire safety provisions in existing buildings are being properly maintained and that specific target hazards are retrofitted with fire protection systems, fire resistive construction or other fire safety features that the state has identified as being beneficial for the health, safety and welfare of the public. Buildings and their associated occupancies are broken down into two categories, Life Hazard Uses and Non Life Hazard Uses (LHU's) according to a schedule in the Fire Act that weighs various hazards and risks of the occupancy. Those occupancies classified as Life Hazard Uses must be registered with the State of New Jersey, Division of Fire Safety. The Bureau is charged with inspecting all of the buildings and structures in the Borough, with the exception of owner occupied 1 and 2 family dwellings at least once a year, while those registered as Life Hazard Uses oftentimes are subject to more frequent inspections. The inspection process reinforces the need for owners and tenants of the buildings to adhere to state laws concerning fire and life safety issues within their occupied spaces. Building owners who maintain fire safe properties greatly enhance the safety of any person who may utilize the structure and vastly improves the safety of our firefighters who may respond there. Our main goal within the area of inspection and enforcement is to provide property owners and tenants the support and guidance necessary for them to comply with the various fire and life safety laws and ordinances governing our municipality.
The Uniform Fire Code also establishes Fire Permit requirements. These permits are issued for hazardous activities and public events. Permits are occupancy and event specific and must be secured from the Fire Official prior to commencement of the activity. While the list of permit uses is extensive, the most common permits issued in the Borough are for the following uses:
Copies of the permit applications can be found on this page.
The Bureau also provides the foundation for an extensive fire safety Public Education program. Effective public education needs to cover a variety of disciplines for a variety of age groups. We have programs geared for workplace fire safety, civic groups, seniors and assisted living facilities. However, most of our endeavors focus on grammar and middle school aged children. Our philosophy is that early, repetitious training of these children is the most advantageous way to solidify a lifelong attitude of employing fire safety methods and techniques. To accomplish this training we use several props including the Bergen County Fire Academy's Fire Safety House trailer, Sparky the fire dog and most importantly videos and educational handouts and coloring books.
Conducting our inspections in conjunction with our public education campaign also allows us to verify the accuracy of our fire safety educational programs.
The Bureau is also responsible for the coordination of the investigation of all serious fires within the Borough, perform site plan reviews of proposed construction projects and investigate all complaints regarding fire safety violations and life safety concerns.
The Bureau also conducts inspections of residential occupancies upon sale or change of tenancy to insure compliance with the states Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector regulations. However, the application for a Residential Resale Certificate or a Certificate for a Change of Tenancy is all processed through the Paramus Building Department.
The Fire Prevention Bureau's responsibility pursuant to the Fire Subcode requirements of the Uniform Construction Code of the Sate of N.J. involves the plan review and inspection of all newly constructed buildings as well as additions and alterations to existing structures. The drawings are reviewed and the structures are all inspected to insure the health, safety and welfare of the public. To accomplish this, the Fire Protection Subcode Official reviews the permit applications to ensure that the building plans and specifications conform to the Uniform Construction Code and it's adopted technical standards. The Fire Protection Inspectors perform field inspections to verify that the construction, fire protection and mechanical systems all conform with the approved drawings and the Uniform Construction Code regulations.