Fire Policies & Permits

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Fire Watch Policy

“Fire Watch” is a term used for: the assignment of a person or persons to an area for the purpose of notifying the fire department, the building occupants, or both of an emergency; preventing a fire from occurring; extinguishing small fires; or protecting the public from fire or life safety dangers.

A Fire Watch may be ordered when:

  • there is a loss or reduction of fire protection, water supply, or emergency power in a building;
  • a fire alarm system continues to cause nuisance alarms;
  • there is a loss or reduction of requires means of egress from a building;
  • there is a loss or reduction of required fire lanes or emergency access routes;
  • a hot works operation is being conducted;
  • activities for which the floor area is not specifically designed or protected from, or where the level of intended protection is reduced;
  • a condition exists which reduces the level of protection to the building or life safety of the occupants of the building.

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4
604-927-6433
firerescue@coquitlam.ca