"Georgetown City Fire Department would like to find effective ways of completing commercial fire inspections throughout its jurisdiction. The problem is the Georgetown City Fire Department does not have a self inspection policy for businesses and low hazard occupancies. The purpose of the research was to develop a draft self inspection procedure for businesses and low hazard occupancies in Georgetown City. Action research was used to develop the procedures by answering the following questions: (1) What type of occupancies can conduct self inspections; (2) Who will be qualified to conduct self inspections: (3) How will the Georgetown City Fire Department educate self inspectors on how to inspect occupancies; (4) What codes are not eligible for self inspection; (5) What data collection system will be used for the program; (6) What time frame will businesses have to return the information; (7) What fire department database will be used to keep and analyze the information returned; and (8) What follow up method(s) will be used to mitigate violations to the code? The procedures used allowed others' work to be reviewed through literature review, a review of other departments' self inspection programs, and a review of what is currently being done in the City of Georgetown. The results showed that a program of this type can work but must be able to adapt to the needs of the business owners, and the operational procedures need to be able to change when issues arise. The results also showed that a check and balance needs to be in place to insure that the inspections are being conducted correctly. The recommendation from this research was to implement the procedure that was developed starting with a trial group then moving to the rest of the occupancies reviewing the procedure for any changes that need to be made."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/