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 NJ Uniform Construction Code.
Public Education Program
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.
Fire Safety Training
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.
Investigation of Serious Fires
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.
Inspections of Residential Occupancies
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.
Plan Review & Inspection of Newly Constructed Buildings
The Fire Prevention Bureau's responsibility pursuant to the Fire Subcode requirements of the Uniform Construction Code of the Sate of NJ 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.