City of Las Vegas, NM
San Miguel County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Las Vegas as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 26, Art. I.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 107.
Building construction — See Ch. 135.
Vacant buildings — See Ch. 148.
Open burning — See Ch. 154.
Fireworks — See Ch. 238.
Smoking — See Ch. 356.
Water service and operations — See Ch. 440.
[Adopted 1-16-1992 by Ord. No. 80-18 (Ch. 4, Secs. 4-1-16 through 4-1-20 of the 1972 City Code)]

§ 233-1 Standards for portable fire extinguishers.

The standards promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) which apply to the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance and testing of portable extinguishing equipment are adopted by reference hereto.

§ 233-2 Adoption of Fire Code.

[Amended 2-11-1999 by Ord. No. 98-19]
For the purpose of prescribing minimum standards regulating conditions hazardous to life and property from fire and explosion within the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico, the following code is adopted:
A. 
The following documents as may be revised from time to time are hereby adopted as the Fire Code of the City of Las Vegas and from the date on which this article takes effect shall be controlling within the boundaries of the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico:
(1) 
The Uniform Fire Code Volume I and II, 1997 Edition, as published jointly by the International Conference of Building Officials and Western Fire Chiefs Associations.
(2) 
Standards - Article 90.
(3) 
Appendices I-A through VI-H of the Uniform Fire Code, 1997 Edition.
(4) 
The Accumulative Supplements to the 1997 Uniform Fire Code and the Uniform Fire Standards.
(5) 
The 1997 Uniform Building Code and Uniform Construction Codes, as amended by the state law and City ordinances.
(6) 
Volumes 1 through 13 of the National Fire Codes as published by the National Fire Protection Association, 1998 Edition.
B. 
Conflict of codes. When a conflict exists in specific code requirements between applicable sections of the Uniform Fire Code and the Uniform Construction Codes, the Uniform Construction Codes shall prevail.

§ 233-3 Adoption of Life Safety Code.

[Amended 3-8-1990 by Ord. No. 78-27; 2-11-1999 by Ord. No. 98-19]
For the purpose of establishing minimum requirements that will provide a reasonable degree of safety from fires in buildings and structures within the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico, the following code is adopted:
A. 
The following documents are hereby adopted by reference as the Life Safety Code of the City of Las Vegas and from the date on which this article takes effect shall be controlling within the boundaries of the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico:
(1) 
The 101 Life Safety Code, 1997 Edition, as published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and all subsequent revisions thereto.
(2) 
The NFPA1 Fire Prevention Code, 1997 Edition, as published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and all subsequent revisions thereto.

§ 233-4 Standards for flammable and combustible liquids.

[Amended 6-21-1990 by Ord. No. 78-38]
For the purpose of reducing the hazard to a degree consistent with reasonable public safety, without undue interference with public convenience and necessity which requires the use of flammable and combustible liquids, the following code is adopted:
A. 
The following documents are hereby adopted by reference as part of the Fire Code of the City of Las Vegas and from the date on which this article takes effect shall be controlling within the boundaries of the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico:
(1) 
The Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, 1984 Edition, and all subsequent revisions thereto as published by the National Fire Protection Association, with the exception of Section 2-1.3 through 2-2.7.5 which regulate aboveground tanks.

§ 233-5 Standards for automotive and marine service stations.

[Amended 6-21-1990 by Ord. No. 78-38]
For the purpose of reducing the hazard to a degree consistent with reasonable public safety, without undue interference with public convenience and necessity which requires the use of flammable and combustible liquids, the following code is adopted:
A. 
The following documents are hereby adopted by reference as part of the Fire Code of the City of Las Vegas and from the date on which this article takes effect shall be controlling within the boundaries of the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico:
(1) 
The Automotive and Marine Service Station Code, 1984 Edition, and all subsequent revisions thereto as published by the National Fire Protection Association.
[Adopted 1-16-1992 by Ord. No. 80-18 (Ch. 4, Secs. 4-1-13, 4-1-14, 4-1-15, 4-1-21 and 4-1-22 of the 1972 City Code)]

§ 233-6 Fire alarms.

Suitable alarm systems or equipment shall be provided for use in alerting personnel of an alarm. It is unlawful for any person to maliciously turn in, or cause to be turned in, a false alarm.

§ 233-7 Solid fuel burning appliance chimney.

[Amended 3-19-1987 by Ord. No. 75-46]
Connectors serving solid-fuel-burning appliances shall not be connected to chimneys serving any other fuel-burning appliance unless the appliance to be installed has been approved by the Nationally Organized Testing Agency for connection to a chimney serving a fuel-burning appliance of any type.

§ 233-8 Storage of firewood.

[Amended 3-19-1987 by Ord. No. 75-46]
No more than one full cord (four feet zero inches by four feet zero inches by eight feet zero inches) of firewood shall be stored within a structure or upon a porch or patio connected thereto unless otherwise approved by the City Fire Inspector. Larger amounts of firewood shall be stored as far as possible from any structure as the physical limits of the property will permit. No woodpile shall be stacked higher than five feet unless properly contained to prevent collapse.

§ 233-9 Fire hydrants.

[Added 6-21-1990 by Ord. No. 78-39]
A. 
General information.
(1) 
City of Las Vegas Fire Department experience, National Fire Codes, Fire Insurance Regulations, ISO office and the City of Las Vegas Water Department provide the hydrant criteria which is used to determine required protection.
(2) 
Policies for fire hydrants.
(a) 
City of Las Vegas Fire Prevention Policies are required to:
[1] 
Attain adequate fire protection of life and property;
[2] 
Achieve orderly development of the fire hydrant protection system;
[3] 
Set forth guidelines and rules for development of a fire hydrant system;
[4] 
Set forth guidelines and rules for the testing of a fire hydrant system.
(b) 
These policies are the joint effort of the City of Las Vegas Fire Department and the City of Las Vegas Water Department.
(3) 
Water mains.
(a) 
Fire hydrants are generally installed on properly sized water mains when water lines are extended, according to spacing criteria that varies according to proposed land use adjacent to the water line. The fire hydrant protection system may have to be supplemented with additional hydrants when actual development takes place.
(b) 
Cases also exist where water mains have been extended through undeveloped areas on unplatted land, and hydrants do not exist. Necessary hydrants must be installed when properly sized main lines exist adjacent to the undeveloped land. When properly sized main lines do not exist to provide required fire hydrant protection, it shall be the responsibility of the developer to upgrade the main to the appropriate size.
(4) 
Fire hydrants are to be located within the public right-of-way. The type of layout and size of development shall dictate location of fire hydrants on private property.
(5) 
Each development is analyzed for fire hydrant needs by the City of Las Vegas Fire Department.
B. 
General fire hydrant location requirements for fire protection:
(1) 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
HEAVY USE COMMERCIAL
Light industrial complexes, major shopping centers, and apartment complexes over 18,000 square feet and high-rise buildings.
LIGHT USE COMMERCIAL
Light industrial and shopping centers under 18,000 square feet, and apartments over four units (includes townhouses).
RESIDENTIAL
Single-family and two-family dwellings, duplexes, triplexes and homes.
(2) 
Hydrant spacing requirements:
(a) 
Residential: 500 feet.
(b) 
Light commercial: 450 feet.
(c) 
Heavy commercial: 300 feet.
(3) 
In residential areas and mobile home parks, there shall be one hydrant at each street intersection with intermediate hydrants so that no one is more than 500 feet (as the Fire Department travels from a hydrant).
C. 
New buildings, building additions or building reconstruction. This portion of the policies applies to buildings for which a City building permit is required, including construction, additional construction or reconstruction.
(1) 
The Fire Department shall review development plans to determine the fire hydrant protection requirements, the location, spacing and number of hydrants shall be determined at this time. Once the fire hydrant protection requirements are established in writing, the developer or builder shall make arrangements with the City of Las Vegas Water Department to provide the necessary water flow requirements.
(2) 
Hydrants shall be installed in accordance with Chapter 440, Water Service and Operations, policies and standards and shall be available for use prior to the beginning of development building construction.
(3) 
Hydrants shall be installed at the developer's expense, including:
(a) 
Extension of City-owned water lines in accordance with City water extension policies;
(b) 
Addition of fire hydrants to existing water lines;
(c) 
Private fire lines.
D. 
Existing development fire hydrant deficiencies. This portion of the policies applies to existing development and buildings.
(1) 
The City Fire Department shall determine deficiencies in fire hydrant protection located on public rights-of-way.
(2) 
Where existing development poses a danger to life and property due to fire hydrant deficiencies existing on the private fire protection system, the City of Las Vegas Fire Department shall require deficiency correction. The cost of this type of fire hydrant protection shall be borne by system owner.

§ 233-10 Assisting Fire Departments. [1]

In the event that the intensity of a fire within the City requires that other fire departments' assistance must be requested, all assisting fire departments shall be under the general supervision and control of either the Chief or the designee.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).