• Tuesday, June 28, 2022 16:19 | Karen Grove (Administrator)

    The State Building Code Council (SBCC) currently has a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) working on amendments to the WUI code for the 2021 code cycle.  Among other things, the amendments offer more flexible framework based on site and construction specifics as an alternative to the straight requirements in RCW 19.27.560.  WSAFM has been represented in this work.  

    What should I do to get ready to implement WUI?

    WSAFM recommends that fire marshals and their staff become familiar the provisions in RCW 19.27.560 and the anticipated amendments to the WUI code being worked on by the SBCC.  

    • Browse the new WUI map for your region    
    • Review RCW 19.27.560 "International Wildland Urban Interface Code.
    • Talk with the building code official in your agency about implementation.  WSAFM is aware that in some agencies, the building code official is taking the lead on review and permitting related to WUI provisions, while in other agencies, the fire code official is leading review and enforcement. 

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 17:43 | Karen Grove (Administrator)

    Section 319 of the 2018 Washington State Fire Code establishes new provisions for mobile food preparation vehicles or “food trucks”.  Section 105.6 provides for permits for these vehicles. 

    To respond to these new code sections, several jurisdictions have created a standard food truck inspection checklist and agreed to recognize inspections conducted by other participating jurisdictions .  Some participating jurisdictions are also offering a discount on the food truck permit if another agency performs the required inspection.  Local jurisdictions retain the sole right to permit and revoke food truck permits within their boundaries, and to conduct additional inspections within their boundaries.  The program’s intent is to streamline the inspection requirements as a customer service to food trucks that operate in multiple locations, and to provide a best practice checklist and opportunity for efficiencies to local Fire Marshals and fire agencies. 

    To join the group of participating jurisdictions and accept valid inspections conducted by another participating jurisdiction, please contact past WSAFM Board Member Anjela Barton at , or current WSAFM Board Member Karen Grove at .   Any fire agency in Washington is welcome to join. Whether or not you accept reciprocal inspections, you are welcome to download and use the checklist, which has also been translated into top tier languages.

    Materials for download:

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 17:53 | Karen Grove (Administrator)

    Mobile Fueling – New 2018 Code Provisions and Resources for AHJs

    The 2018 Fire Code establishes permitting for “on demand mobile fueling”, a newer service where cars are refueled at their parking location. Section 5707 of the 2018 Fire Code sets out a permitting structure that includes: an “operator” permit for the company offering the service, a “vehicle” permit for each truck dispensing gas, and a “site” permit for locations where mobile fueling is allowed to occur.  

    If your agency intends to permit mobile fueling, you may be interested in downloading WSAFM’s standard permit conditions for mobile on demand fueling operators, vehicles, and sites.  WSAFM created these in conjunction with industry stakeholders, partner agencies, and the Fire Code TAG.  AHJs may download and use these templates in their permitting program.  The conditions align with the 2018 Washington State code including SBCC amendments that took effect July 10, 2021.  

    Effective July 10, 2021, the 2018 Washington State Fire Code now allows fire departments to accept “operator” and “truck” permits issued by other Washington State fire departments who meet the code standards, instead of issuing their own permit. To date, WSAFM has learned that the Seattle Fire Department is issuing operator and vehicle permits and performing truck inspections that other AHJs may opt to recognize.  As required under the new 2018 code, Seattle is maintaining a list of current mobile fueling permit holders for your reference.  We will continue to update this post with additional issuing jurisdictions for reference.

    Local jurisdictions continue to have sole authority for mobile fueling site permits.

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