The Zion Fire Rescue Department is actively involved in fire prevention activities on a daily basis. The fire safety inspections include each business, industry, multi-tenant apartment building, nursing home, or school. Each of these facilities are inspected by the Zion Fire Rescue Department on a yearly basis. Most of these inspections are done by the on duty shift personnel during their regular tour of duty. They check for fire safety violations to ensure the safety of the public, occupants and owners of the facilities.
In addition to the inspections, the Fire Prevention Bureau is also responsible for monitoring the installation, servicing, and testing of fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and automatic suppression systems. These types of systems are found in commercial, industrial, and businesses with high hazards.
The Zion Fire Rescue Department also works in conjunction with other departments, such as the Building Department, and other agencies, such as the State of Illinois Fire Marshal’s office. We work with the local Building Department monitoring new construction and new businesses in town to assure their compliance with the fire codes currently used in the city. We work closely with the State Fire Marshal’s office in monitoring the installation, removal and inspection of underground fuel tanks.
We also work together to inspect Day Care Centers, Schools, Self-Serve gas stations and Hotel / Motel occupancies.
Alarm and Fire Suppression System test reports for many systems are mandatory and must be submitted electronically to the Zion Fire & Rescue Department via our online vendor at www.thecomplianceengine.com.
The Compliance Engine will charge a small administrative filing fee for submitting a report; please know that this charge does not go to our department and ZFRD does not profit for this submittal process. One fee is charged per system type, per year, except for hood systems which are per every six-month service. Repair reports must also be submitted to document completion of any required work. Your contractor (the company you hire to do the testing and maintenance on your building’s fire protection systems) is responsible for collecting these fees from their clients and submitting payments along with test reports.
Reports must be submitted within seven calendar days of the inspection or maintenance completion. For further information on this, or any Compliance Engine details, please visit the website listed above, or email the Fire Chief and he will assist in connecting you with the Compliance Engine.