|| June 24, 2016
||David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal
Fire Marshal's Office receives NACo Award for innovative
Risk Check fire inspection program
Orchard, WA) – Due to exceptional results and unique innovations,
The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office was granted a 2016 Achievement
Award “Best of Category” from The National Association of Counties (NACo)
for their new Risk Check Program!
Beginning in 2015 the Fire Marshal’s office saw a significant increase
in the business/commercial fire inspections under their responsibility,
due to expiring interlocal agreements with local fire districts. This
created a large challenge to meet the county’s fire safety needs. The
Fire Marshal’s office created the Risk Check Program, an inspection
program that prioritizes business inspections based upon their specific
risks. Each business is assigned a unique risk assessment score that
represents an evaluation of the specific fire hazard, life safety, and
community impact risks against mitigating conditions present including;
fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire resistive construction and the
response capabilities of the local fire department. Inspection priority
and frequency of inspection is assigned based on the Risk Check score.
“By inspecting our most at risk and critical infrastructures first, we
are efficiently utilizing our resources and prioritizing them to make
the most meaningful impact on the community,” said David Lynam, Kitsap
County Fire Marshal. “Customer feedback on the new program has been
positive, owners appreciate the concept of targeting occupancies with
higher fire risks and rewarding those with more effective mitigation
strategies and components,” he said.
No other program exists that assigns fire inspections frequencies based
upon individual evaluation of specific occupancy risks, mitigation and
the effect that the loss of the occupancy will have on the community.
The Fire Marshal Office works directly with customers, and one large
element of this program’s success is providing businesses with the tools
to pass inspections and reducing re-inspections.
For more information regarding the
Risk Check Program, please see Risk Check Brochure,
or contact Angela Donn at 360.337.5777.
The NACo Achievement Awards Program is a non-competitive awards program
which seeks to recognize innovative county government programs each
year. One outstanding program from each category will be selected as the
“Best of Category.” There is specific program criteria that a
jurisdiction must meet in order to be eligible for this award, such as
offering new services, innovative processes, filling gaps, etc. For more
information on the NACo Awards Program, please visit their website:
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