The West Chester Fire Department Loss Prevention Bureau focuses efforts on the preservation of life and the conservation of property for the residents and corporate citizens of West Chester Township, through prevention education, fire safety inspections, code enforcement and fire scene investigations.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration: buildings NOT subject to fire safety inspections are involved in 75 to 90 percent of structure fires, more than 95 percent of fire deaths, more than 90 percent of fire-related injuries, and 70 to 80 percent of property damage.
The Loss Prevention Bureau reviews plans for new commercial construction in the Township and provides regulatory comments to ensure compliance with applicable safety codes. The bureau performs annual fire and life safety inspections for each business, and will perform residential inspections by request.
The Bureau also addresses issues related to fire hydrant maintenance with its annual Fire Hydrant Flushing program.
This Bureau is perhaps most visible in the community through its public education programs offered to children and adults. Topics, such as basic fire extinguisher operation and hazardous material mitigation, can be covered in an adult program. Children may enjoy a demonstration of the Fire Safe House or visit to the fire station to learn how to behave when fire is suspected in their home or school.
Inspections & Fire Code
The West Chester Fire Department works closely with businesses and residents to ensure fire codes are met. Inspections of commercial properties are completed regularly and the Fire Department is also happy to schedule residential inspections to provide tips and guidelines for improving safety at home.
To prepare for an inspection, view Fire Code Guidelines [PDF].
The West Chester Township Board of Trustees adopted the 2000 International Fire Code as the West Chester Fire Prevention Code as its guideline for enforcement.