FIR 4311 CSU Atascosa County, Texas Fire codes essay

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Locate the fire codes for your current jurisdiction or your hometown. Provide a link to their location on the city/town website. Include the following information in your response:

  • What codes are in place?
  • How they were adopted, and by who?
  • Why were these codes adopted and/or modified for your jurisdiction?
  • Who enforces the codes, and is it currently happening?
  • How do the codes affect standards?
  • What impact do the codes have on inspections?
  • What are the impacts of not enforcing the code?

Your response should be at least two pages in length. You may use your textbook as source material for your response. You must also use one outside source. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations in APA format.

Atascosa county, Texas

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Essay on Fire Codes
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Columbia Southern University



Essay on Fire Codes
Part One
Section 352 Atascosa County, Texas – Code of Ordinances contains the article on fire
prevention codes. Fire and investigations that leads to injuries to individual persons or due to
property loss from even explosions fire, Fire inspections, Conductions of all life safety
inspections in every business which are commercial based, Modifications to the global fire code,
Fire prevention division, General ability and tasks, Licenses, Panel of appeals, Damages, Open
burning, recreational fires and portable outdoor fireplaces, Fire performance art, public
assemblages and events, Fire apparatus access road, Electrical equipment wiring and hazards,
Fire alarm and detection systems, Explosives and fireworks, general, Explosive materials,
storage, and handling educate the public on awareness and prevention measures of fire accidents
or disasters.
Part Two
These codes were adapted directly from the International Fire Code, 2012 Edition and the
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2012 Editions. They are then brought before the city council for
approval. The members of the city council have the ultimate say in if the codes are approved or
not and are also mandated to reject any code that does not function and is deemed to fail. (City
Cleark, 2015)


Part Three
They were adopted from the international fire codes for the purpose of regulating
structures, processes and premises, and to provide safeguards from hazards of fire and
explosions. (Atascosa County, Texas City, 2011)
Part Four
“The Atascosa County, Texas Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Division is responsible
for all fire code enforcement, fire investigations, and covers different cities inclusive of City of
Pleasanton, Poteet, Jourdanton, Lytle, Charlotte, Christine among others. The office consists of
one Chief Fire Marshal, two Assistant Fire Marshals, four Fire Investigators, 14 Inspectors, and
two Public Education Specialists. This Division has over 25,000 buildings it inspects,
investigates over 1500 fires a year, and reaches approximately 300,000 people with fire safety
material annually.” (City Texas, Atascosa County)
I couldn't find any current information to suggest that codes are not being enforced. I
did, however; find a performance audit of the fire code inspection program from 2014 that said
that fire safety inspections are not being done in a timely manner.
Part Five
A code is a set of rules or a model for others to follow. It is not a law, but it could be adopted
into one. A standard is a detailed description of how to follow the code. A great example used
on the NFPA website is that the “coed tells you what you need to do, and the standard tel...

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