Maintenance and Testing of Fire Protection Systems
The Compliance Engine
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has instituted a new process for service providers who inspect and test fire protection systems. Effective 04/15/2020 all compliant and non-compliant fire protection system test reports are required to be electronically submitted to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department online via The Compliance Engine at www.thecomplianceengine.com. Visit the Compliance Engine page for more information.
The ITM of the following systems must be submitted utilizing the following form/standard and the frequencies listed in the table below.
|Active Smoke Control System
|Automatic Closing Fire Assemblies
|Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
|Dry Chemical System
|Emergency Power Standy System
|Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System
|Fire Alarm System
|Kitchen Hood Suppression System
|Private Fire Service Main
|Special Suppression System/Clean Agent/CO2
|Water Storage Tank
|CSFM - AES 6
*5-year report may be submitted as an attachment to the annual report on AES 6
Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems
Periodic inspection, testing and maintenance is required for sprinkler and standpipe systems per Title 19, Chapter 5 and the current adopted version of California Edition of NFPA 25. A licensed contractor (C16 license) must perform the service test annually and every five years.
A license is not required to perform visual inspections.
Fire Alarm Systems
A fire alarm system must be tested periodically in accordance with the California Fire Code and the current adopted edition of NFPA 72 as amended by the State of California.
- The alarm system must be tested annually.
- Supervisory valve switches (including those which are part of a sprinkler or standpipe system), and the water flow (i.e. main drain test) and Inspector's Test which are part of a sprinkler system, must be tested as specified in the current adopted NFPA references as amended by the State of California.
- The person performing the test must either be a licensed alarm contractor (C7 or C10) or must have received specialized training for the system for which he/she is responsible.