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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: