Fire prevention has two full-time safety code officers whose primary role is fire prevention. This is accomplished through education, fire inspections, fire investigations, plan reviews and issuance of licenses or certificates.
All businesses are responsible to comply with the Alberta Fire Code (AFC); Fire Prevention helps ensure businesses meet these requirements by conducting regular fire inspections. The Town of Cochrane’s Quality Management Plan dictates how often fire inspections are required for each type of business. New businesses must contact fire prevention for an initial fire inspection prior to opening for business. Private residences are not normally inspected except for certain home-based businesses, by request, or if a fire hazard has been reported.
All dollar loss fires or fires resulting in injuries or fatalities must be reported and investigated for cause, origin and circumstances. Once the fire investigation is completed, the information is submitted to the provincial fire commissioner's office. The fire commissioner's office then uses this information to identify potential hazardous products or make recommendations to the Alberta Building Code to life and fire safety.
Fire prevention also works closely with other Town departments to ensure new subdivisions and buildings are designed and built to the most recent code requirements, regulations and guidelines. Fire prevention is often involved in issuing special permits or certificates. Occupancy load certificates are required for businesses or buildings with a load capacity of more than 60 people such as restaurants, community halls, schools or churches.
Fire prevention is a proactive resource for businesses, schools and anyone else in Cochrane who requires information or recommendations regarding fire safety plans, fire drills, placement of smoke detectors and selection of fire extinguishers.