11 NCAC 05A .0512 STANDARDS AND POLICIES
(a) The NCFSRS shall be used by OSFM when OSFM inspects fire departments for the purpose of determining Fire Insurance District Ratings Classifications. Each fire department shall assure the response of at least four firefighters and one engine to all fires and fire alarms where fire or damage occurred in structures. The chief may be one of the four responding firefighters. Response of a fire department, as primary first alarm department, to a fire or fire alarm in a structure within its established fire insurance district with less than the minimum required engine or four firefighters shall be considered by OSFM to be an inadequate response. Fire alarms where no fire or damage has occurred as determined by a fire official on-scene shall not be considered by the inspector. Any department determined by OSFM to have two or more inadequate responses shall be placed on probation by OSFM for a period of up to 12 consecutive months. A fire department on probation shall submit quarterly records to the OSFM inspector for all fires and fire alarms reported in structures for the next 12 consecutive calendar months showing there have been no additional inadequate response within the period. If the fire department fails to submit the quarterly report, the insurance district for the fire department shall be designated as "Class 10" (non-certified) by OSFM. In addition, any department found to have any deficiencies during an Inspection shall be placed on probation until the deficiency, as determined by the 9S inspection requirement, has been corrected, or up to 12 months at which time the department shall be designated a "Class 10" insurance district by in accordance with Rule .0501 of this Section.
(b) After evaluation of data collected during an NCFSRS inspection, if the results of the inspection indicate that a fire department's ratings classification must be reduced, OSFM shall notify the city or county manager, the fire department chief, and the county fire marshal in writing of the reduction in ratings classification. For the purpose of survey grading inspections below 9S notification shall include:
(1) hydrant flow tests and hauled water evaluations;
(2) ratings classification details; and
(3) OSFM community report of conditions found.
(c) If the city or county manager, the fire department chief, and the county fire marshal fails to acknowledge receipt within 30 days after receipt of the notification, OSFM shall reduce the ratings classification of the fire department.
(d) If the city or county manager, the fire department chief, and the county fire marshal acknowledges receipt of the notification to OSFM within 30 days after receipt of the notification and advises OSFM that the fire department wants to retain its ratings classification. The city or county manager, the fire department chief, and the county fire marshal shall consult with the individual inspector who conducted the NCFSRS inspection and develop a plan of action to correct the deficiencies which caused the reduction in ratings classification.
(e) Within 90 days after the consultation, the city or county manager, or fire department chief, and the county fire marshal shall submit the plan to OSFM that shall determine whether the plan is satisfactory to cover the deficiencies. OSFM shall notify the city manager, county manager, fire department chief, and county fire marshal in writing when OSFM approves the plan.
(f) The fire department shall have one year after the receipt of the approval to complete the plan of action to correct the deficiencies which caused the reduction in ratings classification.
(g) The sharing or borrowing of equipment between or among fire departments or between or among stations within a fire department, the falsifying of documents, or engaging in any other act of misrepresentation, for the purpose of falsely satisfying the apparatus or equipment grading score of a NCFSRS survey grading or 9S inspection shall be prohibited, and shall result in the department being placed on probation. Ratings and inspections information may be found at the following link http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Ratings_and_Inspections/Default.aspx?field1=Forms.
History Note: Authority G.S. 58-2-40; 58-36-10(3);
Eff. October 1, 2006;
Amended Eff. February 1, 2017.