Town of Denton, MD
Caroline County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Denton 10-3-2005 by Ord. No. 500.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 38.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 41.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 56.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 94.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Ch. 39, but was renumbered as Ch. 75 to maintain the alphabetical organization of the Code.

§ 75-1 Designation; qualifications.

The Town agrees to utilize a Life Safety Inspector, or other appropriate fire official to serve as an assistant to the State Fire Marshal to carry out the responsibilities and functions of the State Fire Marshal within the corporate limits of the Town of Denton. The Town may utilize the Life Safety Inspector to perform other fire safety inspections pursuant to any building code or regulations adopted by the Town as necessary.
A. 
Contractual position. The Town will contract with the Denton Volunteer Fire Department, which will hire the Life Safety Inspector to assist the Town on an as-needed basis to assist the State Fire Marshal with the enforcement of state law and fire safety practices within the Town of Denton.
B. 
Minimum qualifications. The Life Safety Inspector shall have the following minimum qualifications:
(1) 
Completion of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Inspector 1;
(2) 
A high school diploma or its equivalent;
(3) 
A current driver's license; and
(4) 
A basic understanding of hydraulic calculations for water systems.

§ 75-2 Duties.

A. 
Commercial construction.
(1) 
Plan review of commercial construction. The Life Safety Inspector is authorized to conduct a plan review of the plans and specifications for commercial and industrial construction to ensure that commercial buildings have architectural certification for sprinkler design and performance, fire alarm design, and that the building conforms to the NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, or other state or local laws relating to fire prevention.
(2) 
Inspections for new commercial construction. The Life Safety Inspector is authorized to perform a final inspection of the sprinkler systems, including any tests which are reasonably necessary to ensure that the sprinkler heads and valves are functioning freely and are in the appropriate position, and flow tests to ensure water flow and alarm activation. The Life Safety Inspector is authorized to perform a walk-through inspection to ensure basic Fire Prevention Code compliance, including the placement of fire extinguishers, operation of emergency lighting, and the operating of exit lighting.
(3) 
Annual fire safety inspections for existing commercial occupancies. The Life Safety Inspector is authorized to assist the State Fire Marshal with annual inspections of commercial and industrial buildings in accordance with state law.
B. 
Residential construction. The Life Safety Inspector is authorized to assist the State Fire Marshal with any initial inspections of residential sprinkler systems where such sprinkler systems are proposed and/or installed, and where such inspections are otherwise permitted by law.
C. 
Hydrant database. The Town may contract with a Life Safety Inspector to assist the Town with development of a hydrant database, including performing flow tests of all hydrants, and assisting the Public Works Department with annual inspections and repairs as needed.
D. 
Other inspections and duties. The Life Safety Inspector shall be authorized to perform such other inspections and duties are appropriate or necessary to assist the State Fire Marshal's office in carrying out any duties, responsibilities or functions in the Town of Denton that are permitted by state law. The Town may utilize the Life Safety Inspector to assist with such other fire safety inspections as are authorized by state or local laws, including such building codes and property maintenance codes as are adopted from time to time.

§ 75-3 Fee schedule.

The Town shall adopt a fee schedule for services to be rendered by the Life Safety Inspector.[1] Such fees shall be paid by the property owner or permittee directly to the Denton Volunteer Fire Department.
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the Town offices.