Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Safety
The first priority of the Fire Prevention Section of the Orange City Fire Department is to prevent loss of life and property, and to prevent damage to the environment. The second goal is to build safety into buildings and processes, in order to contain or limit the spread of a potential emergency.
The activities of the Fire Prevention Section can be classed into 1) Environmental Safety and 2) Fire and Life Safety. Environmental Safety encompasses vegetation management, hazardous materials disclosure, and underground storage tanks. Fire and Life Safety includes planning and development, annual occupancy inspections, special events permitting, and fire cause investigation.
- Fire Investigation
- High Rise Program
- Plan Review
- Special Events Permits
- State Licensed Facilities
- Vegetation Management
- Fire Inspection Clearance Form
Integral to Prevention and Suppression of Fires
Fire/Arson Investigation is an integral component of community risk reduction, along with prevention and suppression of fires. Beyond its tremendous value of investigating fires, which is detailed below, this unit increases the efficiency of the fire department by reducing the frequency of intentional false calls to the department. Reducing false alarms allows the fire crews to stay available for genuine fire, medical, and other emergency response. The Unit also pursues potentially fraudulent private sector fire inspections.
The Fire/Arson Investigation Unit is responsible for investigating and determining the cause and origin of suspicious fires involving death or injury, and fires of undetermined origin.
Other duties include:
There are 29 high-rise buildings located in the city of Orange. Each of these buildings is inspected annually, as required by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. High-rise buildings are required to meet specialized requirements based on limited exiting facilities, and the possibility of fire and smoke spread through the building.
Following Building Codes
Recognizing these issues, the State of California requires all high-rise office buildings to establish and maintain evacuation plans for their occupants in accordance with Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations, and to submit a copy of those plans to the Orange City Fire Department for approval. High-rise buildings are also required to meet State Fire Marshal regulations related to fire and panic safety as found in the California Building Code.
Please contact Fire Safety Specialist Dale Eggleston at (714) 288-2561 any questions you might have regarding annual inspection requirements in high-rise buildings. Please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Casey Fieldhouse with questions regarding emergency evacuation planning.
Southern California is known for its beaches, sunshine, and great climate-but also for its brush and Santa Ana winds. One of the ways the City of Orange Fire Department helps the community to stay fire safe is to ensure that overgrown brush does not accumulate throughout the city, and that "defensible space" is established and maintained between urban development and the "wildland" interface.
There are generally two cycles per year when weeds are cleared from property lines, road frontages, and buildings. Notices are sent out to property owners notifying them that the vegetation needs to be cleared.
The purpose of the Weed Abatement program is to reduce potential fire hazards due to the accumulation for weeds, dry vegetation and/or rubbish.
Weed Abatement inspections are conducted twice a year. The Spring inspections start in March and the Fall inspections begin in September.
Weed and Rubbish Abatement Standards
- Areas within 100 feet of combustible structures shall be cleared of flammable vegetation and other combustible growth.