FINAL BILL REPORT
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C 37 L 18
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Limiting the uses of the fire protection contractor license fund.
Sponsors: Representatives Griffey and Appleton.
House Committee on Local Government
Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce
Hospital Fire Protection Inspections.
The Chief of the Washington State Patrol, through the Director of Fire Protection (Director), sets and enforces standards for fire protection as they relate to hospitals. Upon receipt of an application for a license to establish, maintain, or conduct a hospital, the Department of Health (DOH) submits a request for an inspection to the Director. The Director then inspects the premises; the Director's inspection coincides with the licensing inspection conducted by the DOH. When a premises does not comply with the required safety standards and fire regulations, the applicant or licensee is required to submit corrections to comply with the standards and regulations. The Director may reinspect a premises if extensive and serious corrections are required. When a premises meets the required standards and regulations, the Director must submit a written report approving the hospital with respect to fire protection. The report must be submitted before the hospital may be issued a full license. The Director must inspect licensed hospitals on average at least once every 18 months.
Fire Protection Contractor License Fund.
The Director administers licensing and certification requirements and sets license and certificate fees for licensed fire protection sprinkler system contractors and fire sprinkler certificate of competency holders. All receipts from license and certificate fees must be deposited into the Fire Protection Contractor License Fund. Expenditures from the fund may only be used for:
costs associated with meeting standards for fire protection and its enforcement, with respect to hospital fire protection inspections;
providing assistance in identifying fire sprinkler system components subject to recalls or voluntary replacement programs; and
developing and publishing educational materials related to the effectiveness of residential fire sprinklers.
The Fire Protection Contractor License Fund may no longer be used to pay for costs associated with hospital fire protection inspections.
Votes on Final Passage:
June 7, 2018