The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for the completion of thousands of inspections throughout the year. These inspections include construction related inspections, complaint follow-up inspections, weed abatement inspections, as well as annual business inspections-which are also performed in conjunction with the Engine Company Inspection Program.
The Bureau is also responsible for the completion of approximately 1000 plans reviews every year. These plan reviews involve the review of both commercial and residential, in new construction and tenant improvements, throughout the City of Montebello.
In 1993, the City of Montebello-Fire Department enacted the residential fire sprinkler system ordinance, now adopted as part of the Montebello Municipal Code, which requires the installation of fire sprinklers in residential properties. When a new project is developed, or an existing project is remodeled (tenant improvement) with an increase of 50 percent or more, these scenarios result in the retrofit of fire sprinklers. In the same year, commercial properties encountered a similar upgrade requirement; requiring commercial buildings over 4,000 square feet to be provided with or retrofitted with automatic fire sprinkler systems. Please contact our office for further information.
The Fire Code requires the installation of smoke detectors (smoke alarms) in most occupancies. A simple rule of thumb is that all sleeping rooms, and the hallways adjoining the sleeping rooms shall be provided with smoke detectors (smoke alarms). In new construction or tenant improvement projects, these smoke detectors (smoke alarms) are required to be hardwired, with a battery back up, and be interconnected for alarming purposes.
Also, fire extinguishers are required in all business occupancies within the City of Montebello. These fire extinguishers are required to be serviced annually, and mounted with the proper signage. The minimum size fire extinguisher is a 2A10BC, all-purpose fire extinguisher, with spacing not to exceed a travel of 75 feet. Additionally, it is required by law to have address numbers posted on all structures, with the address numbers being in contrasting color to the background and provided with lighting.
For additional Fire Code information, please feel free to contact our office to speak with a Fire Prevention Bureau representative.
Kurt Johnson, Fire Marshal
1166 S. Greenwood Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640