Internal Audit has released a new report covering the effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance of City's fire prevention activities.
The Fire Department has begun establishing a risk-based approach to prevention activities; however, risk assessment information could be further used to inform routine building inspection scheduling and public education. Additional guidance on documenting routine fire inspections and fire protection system testing would further ensure that adopted fire building codes are effectively implemented. Similarly, while general guidance on performing fire investigations has been established, more detailed procedures would facilitate consistency and help retain institutional knowledge. Fire investigation documentation retention and evidence storage practices do not comply with industry standards. Detailed findings can be seen in the Audit of Fire Prevention (PDF) report.