When the city of Walla Walla adopted the Uniform Fire Code as mandated by the State Building Code Act of 1975, it accepted the responsibility to establish a Fire Prevention Bureau to administer and enforce the Fire code. The Fire Prevention Bureau is charged with the responsibility of conducting inspections at all commercial occupancies and all multiple family dwellings at least once each year.
Special hazard occupancies may be inspected more frequently such as:
- Nursing homes
- Group living occupancies
- Government facilities storing or using hazardous materials
The Bureau inspects and maintains records on approximately 1,800 occupancies within the City. Other functions of the Bureau include:
- Plan reviews
- Approvals of fire alarm systems
- Smoke and heat detection
- Commercial kitchen hood systems
- Sprinkler systems
Flow tests of fire hydrants to determine the adequacy of water supplies in given areas are conducted by the Bureau as well. The Bureau works with the Development Services Department to assure that new construction and developments meet the requirements of the Fire Code.