GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Fire and Rescue is expanding the way it performs fire safety inspections.
Beginning Monday, fire prevention staff will now conduct inspections at the company-level. That means people will soon see fire trucks at businesses like restaurants, churches, and childcare facilities throughout the city.
All 37 Fire and Rescue officers received updated training utilizing the North Carolina Fire Code to fill the growing need. Previously, only three people conducted the inspections.
Inspectors estimate 3,500 inspections will need to be completed each year in order to meet minimum standards of the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code. That’s an increase from 1,665 in 2014 and 1,805 in 2015.
Fire Marshal Bryant Beddard said the department’s demand has increased exponentially as the city continues to see new growth and construction.
“This is important to help meet the state-required mandated inspection schedule,” said Beddard. We are also allowing our folks to be more familiar with the businesses and locations within their response districts.”
To help prepare for their fire inspection, Greenville Fire/Rescue offers facility owners a pre-inspection checklist that lists some common code violations for businesses on its website.