Principles of fire prevention
Unit III Research Paper
Code Violations Paper
Background Information: You are to assume the position of fire prevention officer or manager. You are responsible for
enforcement of fire and life safety codes within your jurisdiction (fire service personnel are likely to relate directly to the fire
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department’s Fire Prevention Division, while private sector personnel are likely to relate to your organizations Safety and
In your position as Fire Prevention Office/Manager, you have conducted quarterly inspections of all organizational
buildings. During your most recent inspection you have discovered five code violations: one relating to electrical issues,
two relating to structural issues, and two relating to ventilation issues. Specific details for each of the four issues found are
Electrical: You find that the incoming supply service is badly worn and in need of immediate repair or
replacement. All apparatus connected is on the organization’s “side” of the incoming power supply and is not the
responsibility of the local power supplier.
Structural: You find that three of the nine concrete support columns in the basement of the main operations floor
(apparatus floor in fire service and production area in private sector occupancy) show signs of fatigue and spalling
of concrete is wide-spread. The second issue is found to be visual cracks and oxidation of several of the steel
trusses supporting the roof.
Ventilation: You find that exhaust from apparatus or machinery (whichever applies) is collecting in the upper level
area of the general working area, which has caused several personnel to experience symptoms similar to carbon
monoxide inhalation. The second issue is the central heating and air conditioning unit, which you find has broken
seals, worn electric wires, and clogged filters.
Task: The purpose of this paper is for you to apply the concepts and information that you have learned in this unit about
the position of a Fire Prevention Officer/Manager. This assignment provides you with the opportunity to use your skills,
expertise, and experience to enrich your response when compiling data that will be used for risk reduction within the
community. You will compose a paper addressing all three code violations given above. You are tasked with the job of
seeking repairs and/or replacements associated to each of the three components given above. The final paper will be
presented to the board or body of your organization with the authority to provide funding for repairs and/or replacement of
components found during your inspection. Your paper should be composed to support the need for funding to correct
Your paper should be a minimum of three pages, but no more than five (not including the cover page or reference page),
and include the following:
A minimum of one page should be devoted to your mission statement.
A minimum of two pages should be devoted to three components: electrical, structural, and ventilation.
Be sure to provide detailed narration to explain your plan to undertake each of the three components
Keep in mind that your narrative must be straight-to-the-point. Avoid long rambling narrations as these tend to distract
attention and often lead to confusion and misunderstanding of purpose and functionality. Remember that you are the head
of this newly formed bureau, and you want to impress your leadership with your knowledge, academic ability, and
You must reference your textbook, an article retrieved from the CSU Online Library, and a credible website ending in .edu,
.gov, or .org; therefore, a minimum of three sources should be referenced.
Note: Encyclopedias (online or print), message boards, or any source, such as Wikipedia, that can be amended without
educated review are not considered appropriate. Failure to use appropriate resources, or resources that are available in
CSU’s Online Library, can lead to deductions. CSU librarians can help you with your research for this assignment.
Your sources must be cited and referenced in APA format. Failure to use appropriate resources, or resources that are
available in CSU’s Online Library, can lead to deductions. CSU librarians can help you with your research for this
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.
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