Our Services

We offer a complete range of professional services to help you unravel the challenges posed by British Columbia’s Fire Code and your local jurisdictional requirements in maintaining your building’s life safety equipment and systems.  These are normally performed under the auspices of a comprehensive Periodic Maintenance Agreement (PMA) which details the scope of work and associated fees (the latter of which may differ slightly from those you see generalized here).

So what has to be tested on an annual basis?  How can a building owner be certain the testing is being performed in accordance with the required Standards?   Well, first of all, make sure that, when you’re reviewing any quotations you receive, the specific testing Standards referenced in the Fire Code are mentioned (make sure the referenced date codes are also included).  If the company is on the up-and-up, they’ll include wording similar to these examples on any agreement (or contract) for service:

  • Fire alarm system testing to CAN/ULC-S536-04(13)
  • Integrated Testing of Building Life Safety Systems to CAN/ULC-S1001-11
  • Sprinkler system testing to NFPA 25 (2008/2011)
  • Fire pump testing to NFPA 25 (2008/2011)
  • Standpipe testing to NFPA 25 (2008/2011)
  • Unit emergency light testing to BCFC (2012) Clause 6.5.1.6
  • Smoke alarm testing to CAN/ULC-S552-02(15)
  • Fire extinguisher testing to NFPA 10 (2007)
  • Kitchen suppression system testing to NFPA 17A (2009)
  • Fire Alarm Monitoring Services to CAN/ULC-S561-13

The test reports the service agency files must comply with ALL of the above Standards as well.  For instance, if the fire alarm test report you have on file for last year’s inspection references CAN/ULC-S536-M97, or NFPA 72, then you have a potentially serious problem on your hands.  If you receive such a report, we would suggest it would be in your best interest to reject it and demand the service agency provide you with a suitable, acceptable, replacement (along with an explanation as to HOW the testing was actually performed).  Are they even providing the proper inspection and testing?  Is your building at risk?  Are its occupants?

CAUTION:  The test forms featured on the ASTTBC website, were once all coded with a 2007 date which may indicate that they’re not fully compliant with the Standards referenced in the British Columbia Fire Code (2012).  It is the responsibility of the Building Owner (or their designated agent) to ensure all testing, maintenance and inspection is performed properly and that appropriate documentation is maintained on site.  This is articulated in under the heading Responsibility in Division C Part 2, Sentence 2.2.1.1(1):  “Unless otherwise specified, the owner or the owner’s authorized agent shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this Code” as well as in Sentence 2.2.1.2.

Don’t get caught short!  The service agencies you hire to perform the annual inspection and maintenance of your building’s life safety equipment aren’t on the hook (so to speak) if they fail to deliver the proper testing or documentation.  YOU ARE!

For those intrepid individuals that feel up to discovering more information on the various aspects of building life safety and security, feel free to explore the links on the left (or click on the images below).  Appropriate illumination will be provided so you won’t need torches or flares.

Feel free to email us or telephone (778) 863-7147 if you have any questions about
our services or how the British Columbia Fire Code (2012) may apply to your project.

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FIRE ALARM & EXTINGUISHMENT SYSTEMS TESTING

INSPECTION, TESTING AND SERVICE
CAN/ULC-S536-04

Quoted by project.  We’ll review your previous inspection and test reports and compile a detailed assessment and quotation that will identify areas of concern along with our recommendations for bringing your project into compliance with the Fire Code.  Our standard rate for service is ninety dollars per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.  We do not charge for overtime.  Please see our FAQ for more information.
 

Fire Alarm Systems Inspection & Testing

 

 

Fire Sprinkler & Standpipe Systems

FIRE SPRINKLER & STANDPIPE SYSTEMS

INSPECTION, TESTING AND SERVICE
NFPA 25 (2008)

Quoted by project.  Our standard rate for service is $90.00 per hour with a (2) hour minimum.  We also provide sprinkler installation services for small, medium, and large tenant improvement projects.
 

 

 

FIRE PUMPS AND CROSS CONNECTION CONTROLS

iNSPECTION, TESTING AND SERVICE
NFPA 25 (2008)

Highly trained professionals with advanced equipment perform rigorous inspection and functional testing of these devices and ensure compliance with both BCFC 2012 and local municipal requirements.  Our Standard rate for service is $90.00 per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.
 

Fire Pump Inspection, Testing and Service

 

 

Fire Alarm System Verification & Commissioning

FIRE ALARM & EXTINGUISHMENT SYSTEMS VERIFICATION

TERMINATION, PROGRAMMING AND VERIFICATION
CAN/ULC-S524-06, CAN/ULC-S537-04

Our minimum charge is $690.00 includes the Appendix “C” Report for a single common control with one (1) remote annunciator and up to ten (10) field devices.  We charge $11.00 for each additional field device.  On larger projects it is often more advantageous (and more economical) to contract us at a negotiated fee for service.  Contact us and let’s have a look at your project!
 

 

 

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, HYDROSTATIC TESTING AND SERVICE
NFPA 10 (2007)

An inspection fee of $10.00 per extinguisher is normally calculated when we’re on a site performing service to other fire protection equipment.  A more detailed fee schedule is available by clicking on the image to the right.
 

Extinguisher Inspection & Service

 

 

Emergency Lighing Inspection, Testing, and Service

EMERGENCY LIGHTING

INSPECTION, TESTING AND SERVICE
BCFC (2012) Clauses 6.5.1.6 and 6.5.1.7

Unit emergency lighting and self-contained exit signs are required to be tested annually.  A nominal inspection fee of $18.00 per unit is normally used in calculating the cost of this service (applies if we are already on site performing service to other fire protection equipment).
 

 

 

PASSIVE LIFE SAFETY EQUIPMENT

INSPECTION, TESTING, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE
BCFC (2012) Clauses 2.2.2.4, 2.7.2.1

When you engage our expert, knowledgeable and highly trained technicians, an annual service involves the routine inspection and service of fire exit doors, door closures, fire stop flaps, mechanically operated dampers, access to egress, fire doors, and smoke curtains.  We’ll provide informative reports and recommendations so as to ensure compliance with the provisions of the British Columbia Fire Code.
 

Passive Building Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Service

 

 

CCTV Surveillance and Fire Detection Systems

CCTV SURVEILLANCE AND FIRE DETECTION SYSTEMS

INSPECTION, TESTING, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE
CAN/ULC-S536-04(13)

While not yet in common use, we have the expertise required to ensure CCTV based smoke and fire detection equipment is properly tested and maintained.  We also service and repair components of existing CCTV systems.
 

 

 

BUILDING / PROJECT SECURITY

CONSULTATION, SERVICE AND MONITORING

Monitoring of most security and access control equipment starts at $15.00 per month ($150.00 if paid annually).  We can also consult on most aspects of building envelope security and work with a number of licensed professionals that provide installation expertise.  Click on the image to the right for more information.
 

Building Envelope Security and Monitoring Services

 

 

ULC Fire Alarm Monitoring Services

ULC FIRE ALARM MONITORING

COMMUNICATOR INSTALLATION, INSPECTION, SERVICE AND MONITORING
CAN/ULC-S561-13

We bring industry leading solutions to your project in order to achieve compliance with ULC and British Columbia Building Code (2012) requirements for premises equipment installation and off-site monitoring.  We do this at the lowest fee for service in the Lower Mainland.  Click on the image to the left for more information on how affordable our services are.
 

 

 

INTERCOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND APARTMENT ENTERPHONES

INSTALLATION AND SERVICE

We service and install all makes of apartment intercom and telephone entry (i.e. Enterphone™) type systems.  We are able to program most commercially available CPU based systems on the market.  Click on the image to the right for more information.
 

Apartment Intercommunication and Enterphone Systems

 

 

Fire Safety Planning, Floor Plans, and Training

EMERGENCY PLANNING

FLOOR PLANS, MANUALS AND TRAINING
BCFC (2012) Section 2.8

Professional and expert project review is undertaken to develop and produce a detailed occupant life safety and fire prevention plan.  We provide on-site training for appointed fire safety officers and staff to ensure all required periodic testing and inspection is being performed.  We’ll review fire drill procedures and plan escape routes, refuge areas and safe assembly points.
 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION

DESIGN, PRE-PURCHASE AND FORENSIC AUDITS

Engage our team of industry professionals when you’re planning your next project.  Our knowledgeable staff can ensure a problem-free installation.  A detailed assessment of a building’s life safety systems that includes a thorough examination of on-site equipment and testing records can help minimize the new owners exposure to potentially costly repairs and upgrades.  We also provide forensic examination services to help identify the operational status of key systems and how this may have impacted functionality and notification.
 

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Commissioning

COMMISSIONING

INTEGRATED TESTING OF BUILDING LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS
CAN/ULC-S1001-11

Since 2013, we have been fielding qualified specialists to perform British Columbia Building Code mandated Commissioning.  We are currently the only fire protection equipment service agency, in the Lower Mainland, with the technical expertise to provide this service to building owners when the amendments to Section 6.8 of the 2015 National Fire Code are formally adopted by British Columbia sometime in 2017.  Integrated testing of building life safety systems will have to be performed on an ANNUAL basis.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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