The Systems Acceptance Testing Unit of the Fire Prevention Division conducts field inspections of various life safety systems installed in buildings. These systems include: Fire Alarms, Wet/Dry/Deluge Sprinkler Systems, Fire Pumps, Pressure Reducing Valves, Pre-action Systems, Clean Agent Systems, Smoke Control Systems, Elevators, Hazmat Systems, Mass Notification Systems, and Explosion Control Systems. This unit coordinates efforts with Denver Fire Department Fire Protection Engineers to ensure the systems are being installed to the applicable standards and approved plans and permits. This unit also responds to citizen complaints, fire house referrals and issues brought forward from other city agencies.
Mission Statement and Philosophy
The mission of the Systems Testing Group is to provide the highest level of System expertise and service in acceptance testing, operational response, and the citizen interface roles that we have been charged with. This threefold mission is achieved by constantly evolving our knowledge base in these ever-changing systems, holding buildings and contractors accountable to install and maintain these systems in a state of operational readiness, and responding to commercial, multi-family, high rise, hazmat, elevator rescues and any other type of incident where a Systems presence may be established in the NIMS structure.
In the current building boom, the Systems Group is committed to ensuring the buildings built are tested to the highest standards, with no compromise of safety to the occupants or responders, due to the pace of construction. Our group fully appreciates the gravity of these systems, and the tangible impact they have in an operational incident. When we are utilized on an operational scene, the group is committed to being an operational ready resource that can be deployed in the same manner as any other resource by the IC. The goal when we are present at these incidents it to directly enhance life safety and to promote incident stabilization resulting in property conservation.