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Fire Apparatus Access Road and Fire Hydrant Worksheet

Fire Department

November 13, 2016
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  • Name * Required
  • Project Address * Required
  • Is the building completely protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system? * Required
  • If non-sprinklered, fire lanes extend to within 150-feet of all portions of the exterior wall? * Required
  • If sprinklered, fire lanes are within 250-feet of all portions of the exterior wall? * Required
  • Is the fire lane constructed of concrete or asphalt, designed to support a minimum load of 75,000 lbs? * Required
  • Is the fire lane a minimum unobstructed width of at least 20-feet? * Required
  • Is the fire lane unobstructed with a vertical clearance of at least 13½-feet? * Required
  • Is the minimum inside turning radius of any turns in the fire lane at least 28-feet? * Required
  • Is the grade of the fire lane not more than a slope of 10%? * Required
  • Is the fire apparatus access road posted as a fire lane? * Required
  • Is a detail of the signage included on the site plan? * Required
  • Are curbs painted red with white lettering stating “NO PARKING FIRE LANE”? * Required
  • Is a rolled curb used as part of the fire lane? If yes: * Required
  • Is a detail of the curb included on the site plan? * Required
  • Is any part of a sidewalk used as part of the required fire lane? If yes: * Required
  • Is the sidewalk constructed to support a minimum load of 75,000-lbs? * Required
  • Is the fire lane obstructed by security gates or barricades? If yes: * Required
  • Is the gate a minimum of 20-feet clear opening? * Required
  • Is an approved means of emergency operations installed, Knox-box, -padlock, or -key switch? * Required
  • Is the Fire lane dead-ended with a length greater than 150-feet? If yes, is the area for turning around the fire apparatus provided by: * Required
  • A cul-de-sac with a minimum inside diameter of 96-feet? * Required
  • A 45-degree wye with a minimum length of 60-feet per side? * Required
  • A 90-degree tee with a minimum length of 60-feet per side? * Required
  • Is any portion of the building to be used as a high-piled combustible storage area? * Required
    If yes, see CFC 2306.6 for additional fire access requirements.
  • Is any part of the building greater than 3-stories or 30-feet above the lowest level of fire apparatus access? If yes, answer the following questions: * Required
  • Is the aerial apparatus fire lane parallel to one entire side of the building? * Required
  • Is the near edge of the aerial apparatus fire lane between 15-feet and 30-feet from the building? * Required
  • Are there any overhead power or utility lines located across the aerial apparatus fire lane? * Required
  • Does the aerial apparatus fire lane have a minimum unobstructed width of 26-feet? * Required
  • Are all portions of the exterior walls of the building within 400-feet of a fire hydrant? (For Group R-3 and U Occupancies increase to 600-feet.) * Required
    Note: Distances shall be measured along the path of the hose lay as it comes off the fire apparatus.
  • Is there at least 40-feet between a fire hydrant and the building? * Required
  • Are the hydrant(s) setback no less than 18-inches or more than 10-feet from the curb or edge of the street or fire lane? * Required
  • Are fire hydrants located in parking lot islands a minimum of 18-inches from the curb? * Required
  • Are there no obstructions, including but not limited to: power poles, trees, bushes, fences, posts located, or grade changes exceeding 1½-feet, within 3-feet of a fire hydrant? * Required
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