Bureau of Fire Prevention
"An ounce of prevention is worth more than a gallon of suppression"
The primary mission of the Bureau of Fire Prevention is to provide the highest degree of fire and life safety protection and education to the public as applicable by state law.
WHAT WE DO
The Bureau of Fire Prevention is primarily responsible for enforcing code compliance, the administering and issuance of permits, the administering and supervising inspections performed by fire suppression forces, and performing inspections as set forth by Massachusetts General Laws, Code of Fire Prevention Regulations, and State Building Codes. A major function of the Bureau is a review of all construction documents and engineered building plans submitted for the installation, alteration, modification, or repair of any fire alarm, sprinkler or suppression systems. These plan reviews are mandated by the Massachusetts State Building Code.
Additional responsibilities, as required by law, include but are not limited to:
Issuance of permits as mandated by MGL Chapter 148 (Massachusetts General Laws); 527CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations); and 780CMR (Massachusetts State Building Code).
Administer and supervise the state mandated inspection program conducted by fire suppression personnel for public and private schools, hospitals, hotels, clinics, day care centers, theaters and nursing homes.
Monitor the residential smoke detector compliance law and supervise the smoke detector inspection program conducted by fire suppression personnel.
Conduct inspections for the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy and Smoke Detector Certifications.
Conduct inspections as required by the City of Cambridge License Commission
Administer the Fire Detail program as required for public safety.
Administer and perform inspections of the state mandated Fuel Storage Tank Regulations.
Administer the annual flammable liquid and gas storage permits requirements and supervise the inspection by suppression forces.
Set forth life safety requirements regarding city public events.
Perform inspections of restaurants and nightclubs as part of the City Managers License Task Force.
Investigate and mitigate complaints received from the public, other city agencies, and the fire suppression forces that involve fire hazard and life safety code violations.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention reports directly to the Chief of Department. The division is staffed with one Deputy Chief, one Fire Captain and one Fire Lieutenant. The SARA Title III Officer performs additional fire prevention duties such as public relations and education, and coordinates of fire prevention week activities.
HOW TO REACH US
Our office is located at Fire Department Headquarters, 491 Broadway (Broadway and Cambridge St.).
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8am 10 am. (Except holidays).
Permits are issued from 8:00am - 10am. (Except holidays).
Plan Reviews and Certificate of Occupancy Inspections are made by appointment only.
Please call (617) 349-4918 for additional information. Fax (617) 349-4912.
For Smoke Detector Compliance inspections please call 349-4921.
Click below (PDF file) to download the Annual Fuel Storage Permit:
FIRE PREVENTION STAFF:
Chief Daniel J.
Gerard E. Mahoney - detailed to SARA
Christopher G. Towski
RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST:
City of Cambridge License Commission - Licenses and Permits
City of Cambridge - Inspectional Services
City of Cambridge - Inspectional Services - Building Code Questions
City of Cambridge - Inspectional Services - Sanitary Code Questions
Massachusetts General Laws - Fire Prevention - Chapter 148
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
United States Fire Administration
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