Park County Fire District #2 enforces the International Fire Code in the City of Cody.
Properties which are equipped with an automatic fire detection and alarm system will periodically experience false alarms. When the fire department arrives if a key holder is not available to unlock the property then we have only two choices. Either we wait for a key holder to arrive or we force entry. Obviously if there are any visible signs of fire we will force entry. However it is possible for fire to be burning in an interior room and damage can be extensive prior to arrival of a key holder.
The Knox Box provides the property owner with a secure location to store any necessary keys. Our responding fire officers will have a master key to access the Knox Box and allow immediate entry to check for fire. A key holder must still respond so the fire department has someone to verify that the property is again secure after fire operations are complete.
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In the event that a required fire alarm/sprinkler system is determined to not be in proper working order for more than four (4) hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period, the following actions shall be taken by the facility or the building shall be vacated:
(a) All buildings, occupancies, and hazards.
(b) Fixed fire protection systems.
(c) Manual and automatic detection and alarm systems.
(d) Portable fire protection equipment.
(e) Emergency shutdown procedures and equipment for which they are responsible.
(f) The facility emergency action plan.
(a) When and how to use radio equipment, telephone, and private or public alarm boxes to summon aid.
(b) How to notify the fire department, and other emergency response organizations.
(c) How to initiate and conduct evacuation procedures throughout the building(s) in an orderly manner.
(d) What facility personnel to contact.
(a) Time record charts of fire watch personnel are promptly reviewed.
(b) Files are maintained for review by representatives of any authority having jurisdiction.
(c) All irregularities are investigated, recorded, and corrective action is taken.
*It shall be the responsibility of management to ensure that fire watch personnel are capable of performing all functions of a fire watch as defined in this document. Note: Local ordinances may require the fire department having jurisdiction to conduct the fire watch; however, the fire watch guidelines, as stated in this document, shall be implemented.
**In buildings or areas of the building without public address systems, there shall be a sufficient number of fire watch personnel to initiate evacuation procedures throughout the building in an orderly manner.