The Bellevue Fire Department asks that you follow these guidelines, which are intended to ensure that confidence testing is conducted at the appropriate intervals and allows us to focus our attention on systems with impairments:
- Copies of the most current confidence testing reports shall always be available on site. You can stress the importance of this with your customers. Our inspectors will routinely request these reports during our annual inspection of the building/occupancy.
- When a system is impaired, email a copy of the impairment to email@example.com. If you are unable to email the documentation, then mail to: Bellevue Fire Department, P.O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009-9012.
- When an impairment is identified, make certain the owner is notified when replacement or repairs are needed and that it is their responsibility to correct the condition without delay (ref.: International Fire Code Section 901.6).
- Out-of-service systems must be tagged (ref: International Fire Code Section 901.7.2)
- As an aid in quickly identifying the condition of fire and life safety systems, we ask that you use a color-coded tag similar to this tab (you are welcome to edit the tag to include your company information, logo, etc.):
- Green tag if there are no impairments
- Yellow tag if system will still function, essentially as designed
- Red tag if system is shut down, or will not function as designed.
This tag is available in an editable MS Word format. For location of tags and guidelines for Red systems, see Fire/Life Safety System Information Sheet F-39.
In addition, test reports must be submitted on approved Fire Department forms. The Confidence Test Cover Sheet explains more and also indicates which test reports are to be submitted specifically on Bellevue forms.
A cover sheet form must be submitted with every confidence test report. The cover sheet is both an effort to reduce the amount of information that has to be provided for each system report submitted, as well as a means for the Fire Department to obtain the information it needs for each system.
For example, building owners only need to provide the pertinent information for their testing company on the cover sheet. That information does not have to be repeated on each individual sprinkler system test form.
ALL TEST REPORTS SHALL BE SUBMITTED WITH A COVER SHEET REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF SYSTEMS YOU ARE TESTING. Any reports received without a cover sheet will be returned and noted “INCOMPLETE.” You must provide all information in all fields pertinent to your particular test(s).
The following forms are available for download: