Fire Protection Engineers

The fire protection engineering unit reviews site plans for fire department vehicular access, locations of fire department connections and locations of fire hydrants.  Smoke control system plans, fire alarm system plans, fire suppression system plans, automatic sprinkler system plans, standpipe system plans, fire pump/water supply plans and place of assembly plans are also reviewed by the fire protection engineering unit for building and fire code compliance.  The unit also reviews fire protection strategies regarding performance-based fire protection designs and associated building evacuation plans, attends code meetings and appeal hearings on matters pertaining to fire protection systems and performs compliance investigations concerning specialized fire protection/fire prevention matters.  The unit provides training to other fire department personnel and answers building and fire code questions about fire protection systems found in buildings and structures.

Our Fire Protection Engineers review site plans during several aspects of project development from initial planning thru the completion in the City of Boston.  During the initial stages of project development our engineers review plans for Boston Fire Department vehicular access to the site, the locations of the fire department connections and the location of fire hydrants.  The following types of plans are also reviewed by our fire protection engineers for building and fire code compliance either at the early stages of project implementation, or at various stages of project implementation and competition: smoke control system plans; fire alarm system plans; fire suppression system plans; automatic sprinkler system plans; standpipe system plans; fire pump/water supply plans; and place of assembly plans.

Latest Fire Prevention News

  • Fire Prevention Week is October 4th through October 10th, 2015

    This year's theme is "Here the Beep Where You Sleep.  Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm."

    2015 Fire Prevention Week

    Home Safety Checklist

    Fire Prevention Week Information from the Department of Fire Services

  • Halloween Safety Tips

    Stay safe this Halloween by following these helpful safety tips from the Boston Fire Department.

    Halloween Safety Tips

  • New Air Pressurized Standpipe Requirements

    In the City of Boston during constuction or demolition in high rise buildings (70 feet or higher) an air pressurized standpipe is required to be in place in the building. The effective date for this requirement in Boston is on all construction applications received from August 15, 2015 on.  Please read the documents below for more information.

    Air Pressurized Dry Standpipe Summary

    Requirements for Air Pressurized Standpipes

  • Hazardous Material Process or Processing

    Read below for all information required to be in compliance when processessing hazardous materials as defined under 527 CMR 1.00 c 60.

    Hazardous Material Process or Processing

    Form FP 300

    Form FP 310 - Fire Department's Inspector Checklist

  • Summertime & BBQ Safety Tips from Boston Fire

    Think "safety first" when planning your summer activities and barbecues. Boston Fire has some helpful summer safety tips available and reminds residents of important summertime regulations in the City.

    Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

    Summary of Massachusetts Fireworks Law MGL Chapter 148, S. 39

    Barbecue Safety Information

    Summer Safety Tips

  • A new Comprehensive Model Fire Code (527 CMR 1.00) has been adopted by the Division of Fire Services and the State Fire Marshal's Office effective January 1, 2015 replacing the current 527 CMR.

    The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. This new code will replace the current 527 CMR. More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Fire Services website.

  • New Ordinance Enacted in Boston

    Regulating the use and sale of outdoor cooking appliances, outdoor patio and space heaters, outdoor decorative appliances, and outdoor fireplaces. On July 30, 2014 the Boston City Council amended the Boston Fire Prevention Code by passing Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code.

    Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code

  • Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly

    Read the new Candle Guidelines that are in effect October 1, 2012. The Boston Fire Department requires that the use of candles in a Place of Assembly be permitted as defined in the attached document.

    Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly

  • Effective April 1, 2014 Boston has a Revised Upholstered Furniture, Molding Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture Policy

    Effective April 1, 2014 the Boston Fire Department shall modify its upholstered seating regulations to more closely align with the current state regulations: 527 CMR 1.00 c 12, "Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture.  This change will effectively reduce the number of regulated use groups in the City of Boston.

    Although this modified policy closely follows the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations, there are still some notable exceptions that shall be strictly enforced.  This policy is subject to modification at the discretion of the Boston Fire Marshal.

    More Chemist Information

  • Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from Eversource

    Eversource delivers natural gas safely and reliably to customers in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. We ask those residents especially to take a moment to review the following important gas safety information regarding pipeline operations and safety:

    Eversource gas safety information


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