City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Fire Technical Inspections

Measure Description
This performance measure shows Austin Fire Department’s contribution to ensure fire safety systems are adequately installed in new developments. Fire technical inspections are conducted during construction in order for permit holders to safeguard the public's life, health, safety, and welfare.  This measure reflects the number of inspections of fire safety systems specific to new development projects.
Calculation Method
This performance measure is a count of the number of inspections defined as ‘technical’, which include: alarm system inspections, clean agent extinguishing system tests, dry pipe or pre-action trip tests, elevator inspections, fire final for Certificates of Occupancy, fire pump tests, generator tests, hydrostatic tests, kitchen hood extinguishing system tests, paint booth inspections, partial alarms, partial hydros, partial visuals, pressure reducing valve flow tests, standpipe flow tests, temporary Certificates of Occupancy, underground hydrostatic tests, and visual inspection of extinguishing systems.
FY 2014-15 Results
AFD conducted 13,613 fire technical inspections in FY 2014-15, exceeding the goal of 10,500.
Assessment of Results
The Engineering and Inspection Services Division ensure fire code compliance so Austin residents and visitors can live, work, and play in fire-safe environments. The Division is also charged with enforcing the International Fire Code as adopted by the City Charter.  In FY 2014-15, AFD saw a 25 percent increase in fire technical inspections as compared to FY 2013-14. This growth can be attributed to increased development projects within the City of Austin. Fire technical inspections are driven primarily by development and growth.
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Next Steps
Engineering and Inspection Services continues to conduct both maintenance and technical inspections. In FY 2014-15, AFD conducted a total of 9,176 maintenance inspections. As the city of Austin continues to grow and develop, AFD anticipates a goal of 11,000 fire technical inspections in FY 2015-16. AFD will continue to conduct various building and maintenance inspections to ensure that new construction and multi-family residences maintain fire code. Fluctuations within the completion of inspections are largely impacted by factors outside the Austin Fire Department, such as the review and approval of plans by the Planning and Zoning Department, as well as the progress of external developers and builders.       
Contact Information
For more information, contact Chris Swenson, Division Chief, (512) 974-0266.