The City of Fort Oglethorpe Fire Marshal's Office is charged with enforcing "Rules and Regulations for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards" as adopted by the State Fire Commissioner. The Fire Marshal's Office is the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) in these matters for all the City of Fort Oglethorpe. The Fire Marshal's Office has three major responsibilities:
These responsibilities are established in Title 25 Chapter 2 of the Official Code of Georgia. The Fire Marshal's Office issues certificates of occupancy jointly with the City of Fort Oglethorpe Fire Marshal Office for buildings that fall under their jurisdiction.
The inspection process for new buildings begins with plan review. Plans are initially brought to the Fire Marshal's Office. After necessary corrections are made and plans approved by City of Fort Oglethorpe Fire Marshal's Office, developers then take plans to the City of Fort Oglethorpe Buildings Department for final approval. Contractors are then required to keep a set of approved plans on the building site during construction. Inspection request then can be made during any phase of construction. Depending on the structure, separate inspections may be requested for the fire alarm system, duct detectors, kitchen hood systems, paint booths, emergency lights and sprinklers. After violations are corrected, then a "Certificate of Occupancy" is issued by the Fire Marshal's Office.
Section 18.104.22.168 Every building shall be accessible by fire department apparatus by means of roadways having an all-weather driving surface of not less than 20 ft. of unobstructed width, having the ability to withstand the live loads of fire apparatus, and having a minimum of 13 ft 6 in. of vertical clearance.
Section 22.214.171.124 Access for use of heavy fire-fighting equipment shall be provided to the immediate job site at the start of the project and maintained until completion.
Section 126.96.36.199 Dead-end fire department access roads in excess of 150 ft (46m) in length shall be provided with approved provisions for turning around fire department apparatus.
Section 188.8.131.52 The requirements of 184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11 shall be permitted to be modified where, in the opinion of the fire department, fire-fighting or rescue operations would not be impaired by such modification.
Section 18.104.22.168 In all buildings over one story in height, at least on stairway shall be provided that is in usable condition at all times and that meets the requirements of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.
Section 22.214.171.124 This stairway shall be extended upward as each floor is installed in new construction and maintained for each floor still remaining during demolition. The stairway shall be lighted.
Section 7.6 In all new buildings in which standpipes are required or where standpipes exist in buildings being altered or demolished, such as standpipes shall be maintained in conformity with the progress of building construction in such a manner that they are always ready for use.
Section 126.96.36.199 A water supply for fire protection, either temporary or permanent, shall be made available as soon as combustible material accumulates.
Section 188.8.131.52.1 The standpipes shall be provided with conspicuously marked and readily accessible fire department connections on the outside of the building at the street level and shall have at least one standard hose outlet at each floor.
Section 184.108.40.206.8 The standpipes shall be extended up with each floor and shall be securely capped at the top.
Section 220.127.116.11.9 Top hose outlets shall be not more than one floor below the highest forms, staging, and similar combustibles at all times.
1. Bring three (3) sets of plans to the Fire Marshal's Office for review. Small tenant space plans may be done on 8 1/2" X 11" paper provided the following items are shown:
▪ Dimensions for the overall space and dimensions for each room
▪ All doors and windows
▪ Emergency lighting and exit sign locations
▪ Fire extinguishers
▪ Fire alarm devices
▪ On separate sheet show overall building foot print or floor plan, showing tenant separation walls. Indicate what type of occupancy (or what business) is on either side of your space.
▪ Tenant space in a mall, must show the pedestrian walk way in front of the tenant space. A
minimum of 10' clear width is required in front of each tenant, this includes any temporary
construction walls. The mall space shall provide a minimum of 20' clear width.
▪ Fire rated walls
▪ Fire alarm and/or sprinkler system work will require separate plans to be submitted by
▪ Plans not done on 8 1/2" X 11", requires a copy of the plans reduced down to an 8 1/2" X 11"
paper and submitted with your plans.
▪ Plans must be readable.
2. If your plans are for a Day Care (with an occupant load of 12 and under), Personal Care Home
(Board and Care), or Lodging, plans must be dropped off at our office (plans will be reviewed). You will be called when they are ready for pickup.
3. Once the Fire Marshal's Office approves your plans, take the approved plans to the City of Fort Oglethorpe Building Department Plan Review Office (706-866-2544). You will then purchase a "Permit" at this time.
4. Call for field inspections from the Building Department (706-866-2544), and the Fire Marshal's Office at (706-861-4194).
5. Once all inspections have passed and a Business License is purchased a Certificate Occupancy will be issued.
If you have a working smoke alarm in your home, your chances of dying in a fire are cut nearly in half. Testing your smoke alarm regularly each week will help ensure that it will operate properly when it is needed. We encourage residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at each time change, once in the spring and once in the fall. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also recommends replacing your smoke alarm if it is more than 10 years old with a smoke alarm that contains a 10-year sealed battery. According to the NFPA the alarms have a 30 percent chance of failure after being installed for 10 years. NFPA also recommends that a dwelling have a smoke alarm installed on each level of the dwelling and outside each sleeping area.