The Charleston Fire Department has implemented an online program for the submittal of fire and life safety system reports. Fire protection and life safety systems are among the most important components in any building to preserve lives, protect property, and enhance firefighter safety. Routine maintenance is critical to ensure systems are ready to protect citizens, first responders, and property throughout our historic community.
The Compliance Engine by Brycer was selected, through a competitive procurement process, to provide a single point online reporting system. The Compliance Engine is a web-based technology service and analytic suite that will assist the Charleston Fire Department proactively drive fire code compliance and ensure a safer community.
The initial implementation phase will occur on September 1, 2021. The first phase will include multiple basic system types for properties throughout the City of Charleston. Additional phases will be considered as the program develops and may include:
Additional fire & life safety systems or periodic inspections.
Apartment complex verification of smoke alarm testing, emergency escape window maintenance, and fire separation validation.
Opportunities for residential rental life safety compliance reporting.
Future consideration of partnering with local State and Federal entities to consider improving reporting strategies (please note this program currently does not apply to properties that are owned and operated by State or Federal government entities).
The following systems will be tracked through The Compliance Engine. Additional systems will be added and the portal expanded as the program develops. The following provides a summary and may not be all inclusive:
This change will not impact a building owner’s ability to select an approved fire protection vendor or contractor. Vendors conducting service and maintenance work on fire and life safety systems, within the City of Charleston, will be required to register and utilize the third-party vendors single point online reporting system.
Property owners may establish an account with The Compliance Engine to access, monitor, and track the reports associated with their property. Visit www.thecomplianceengine.com for more information.
Information letters were distributed to vendors and Town Hall sessions were conducted in August, 2021, to brief vendors and provide an update on the upcoming changes. Vendors installing new systems or conducting service and maintenance work on fire and life safety systems within the City of Charleston will be required to register and utilize the third-party online reporting system after September 1, 2021.
Brycer provides complimentary registration help and training to contractors. Contractors performing inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection system may register or submit the required reports by visiting www.thecomplianceengine.com.
Currently, the reporting fee is $15 per report. The fee is charged and billed by the 3rd party to the reporting contractor. This fee is subject to change by the jurisdiction.