Why Does My Bid Have a Compliance Engine Fee?
WHAT IS THE COMPLIANCE ENGINE
The Compliance Engine is a simple, internet-based tool for Fire Prevention Bureaus, Water Departments, and Building Departments and depending on where your business is located, it may be a required tool to help keep your business and your city up to date.
The Compliance Engine provides a secure environment for third-party contractors, like A P Fire Protection, who inspect, test, and maintain fire protection systems and backflows to submit their reports via BRYCER’s Web Portal directly to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in local municipalities. This facilitates a more efficient review, tracking, and follow-up process with occupants to correct deficiencies and maintain systems and allows AHJs to track and drive inspection and testing code compliance which ultimately reduces false alarm activity, ensures clean drinking water and provides a safer community.
While it may seem like this is just a way to generate revenue for contractors and the local AHJ, the single biggest reason we are starting to see the shift to a compliance engine is to make it safer for the people who occupy these buildings. Utilizing the compliance engine can play a considerable role in reducing the likelihood of a fire event and the damage it could cause if the fire protection systems are not being maintained properly.
Property owners will receive timely, proactive notifications of their testing requirements by mail. If we have not already contacted you to get you on the schedule, please call our office. Once testing has been completed, we will provide you with our testing reports and suggested repairs for your systems. We are then required to submit all testing information and noted deficiencies to the AHJ via the compliance engine. If repairs have not been completed for required deficiencies and been reported back to the compliance engine within 30 days, the property owner will then receive an additional notice of deficiency giving them and additional 30 days from receipt of the letter to complete the needed repairs. Property owners do not need to submit any reports to the compliance engine. As the testing company, we do this for you!
REPORTING & CORRECTING DEFICIENCIES
In the last few years, AHJs who have put more of an emphasis on the proper inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems have frequently found deficiencies that could impact the performance of fire systems that go un-repaired. We understand as property owners you may not want to pay for the correction of the deficiencies immediately because there is a lack of budgetary funding and there may not seem to be any urgency in doing so, but it is our job to communicate the impact of the deficiency in the event of an emergency can be devastating.
Now, with the utilization of compliance engines and having to submit the inspection reports along with the list of deficiencies, there is a priority to have these deficiencies corrected immediately in order to properly maintain fire protection systems and prevent major property loss. While the upfront cost may seem sizeable, the long-term savings is priceless.
RESULTS WE ARE SEEING FROM COMPLIANCE ENGINES
Having a compliance engine to keep track of code compliance aids the Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Bureaus by providing accurate data of which buildings have fire protection systems, when they were last tested, and if there are any open deficiencies that could hinder the successful deployment of their fire protection teams in the event of an incident.
As a service provider offering quarterly, semi-annual, and annual inspections and testing to our customers, we are seeing more and more local municipalities we serve adopting the compliance engine in an effort to track and drive responsible inspection and testing code compliance. Thanks to the database the compliance engines are building, we know that over 50% of all fire protection systems go untested and maintained annually, and together we are working to change that.
While this is generating more revenue for us, it is also giving us an opportunity to interact with our customers more than usual, ultimately building a much stronger relationship with you, and that is our ultimate goal.
SYSTEMS TRACKED THROUGH THE COMPLIANCE ENGINE IN OUR AREA:
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
- Fire Pumps
- Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems
- Fire Hydrants
- CO2 Detection Systems
- Spray Booths
- Standpipe Systems
- Backflow Preventers