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Fire Prevention Inspections

For fire departments seeking to complete their regular fire prevention inspections quickly.

The Reality Of Fire Inspection Management.

Regular fire prevention inspections are an integral part of public safety. That’s because research shows a strong correlation between property fires and fire code violations. Unfortunately, fire departments of all sizes struggle to complete inspections on time. Every year, new audits and reports reveal inspection backlogs in towns across North America.

The public, the media, and city council want that to change. Fire Inspectors are looking for more efficient methods for managing inspections and compliance issues. CityReporter Fire inspection Management software can make a real world difference for your department.

How Fire Inspection Checklists On Your Tablet Can Help

CityReporter is inspection management software used by fire departments to reduce backlogs. It works on tablets and smartphones and speeds up the process in several ways.

  • Cuts time spent on reporting. Members complete fully detailed and customised fire inspection checklists on their mobile cell phone or tablet,  documenting any code violations with notes and pictures.
  • A digital signature can be collected for each inspection or form. You can choose to collect a digital signature from the occupant, the fire inspector, or both for every inspection or form you complete.
  • CityReporter automatically compiles the data into a report and emails it to the property owner. If you prefer you can print a hard copy right from the mobile device using any compatible Wifi or Bluetooth printer. There’s no need for typing back at the office or mailing reports by post.
  • Checklists based on the national fire code are included. A full set of Occupancy based inspection checklists are included with the software. Our checklist editor allows you to easily and quickly modify the supplied checklists as well as create any custom checklist or form you require.
Fire prevention inspection module app screen
Fire prevention inspection module app screen
  • Highlights properties with problems. Members can easily see which properties have high, medium, or low priority code violations. Each property will have a color-coded symbol that identifies the compliance status.
  • Administrative reports show your results and track compliance issues to be resolved. Colour coded summary lists will show locations with outstanding compliance issues. Detailed reporting for inspections completed, outstanding compliance issues, detailed location history and compliance corrections performed are available in seconds from any PC.
  • Automated notifications of overdue inspections and outstanding compliance issues will keep you on track. CityReporter can email you on a selectable schedule to let you know what inspections are due, and what outstanding compliance issues still require your attention.

Designed For All Fire Departments

CityReporter was developed with input from fire chiefs in towns and cities across North America. It contains a library of fire inspection checklists based on the national fire code. This allows fire prevention officers to get started with inspections immediately after installing your properties in the software. If you prefer we can import your inspectable properties list from an Excel spreadsheet for a minimal fee.

We have many success stories from our clients reporting that CityReporter’s inspection efficiency, follow ups and reporting are making a huge difference in their day…

” My days are so much more productive. I don’t know about the cost savings of using less paper, but it makes my life a heck of a lot easier. You can’t put a price tag on that. I wish they had technology like this years ago.”

Jim McBride, Director of Protective Services

CityReporter is trusted by local governments across North America. If your fire department is looking for a more efficient process for managing inspections, consider making the investment in up-to-date tools that will help.

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Parks Dept Becomes Proactive, Not Reactive

Staff at the City of Lafayette in Colorado were attending a CPSI course when they heard about CityReporter. They figured they'd use it to manage their playground inspections - but found it was able to do a lot more than just cut down on paperwork.
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Ken Kutska Recommends CityReporter

Mention the name Ken Kutska to any Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and you’ll get a nod of recognition. As past president of NRPA and author of Playground Safety Is No Accident, Kutska is a legend in the parks and recreation industry. He likes what he's seen of CityReporter.
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More Brain Injuries From Playgrounds

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District Digitizes Landfill Inspections

One regional district in British Columbia has put CityReporter's facility inspection module to work in their waste management division. District staff are able to easily conduct inspections of transfer stations, landfills, and recycling depots on their mobile devices, even in remote areas with no cellular service.
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Faster Permit Times For St. John's

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Getting Playground Maintenance Right

Recreation Management magazine put together a great article with input from play equipment manufacturers, the NRPA, and CPSIs to provide valuable advice on what a good playground maintenance program entails.
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Village Now Has Building Permit Audit Trail

The smallest towns and villages are responsible for processing building permits and conducting thorough inspections of construction sites. The Village of Radium Hot Springs, a tiny location in BC, Canada, decided to adopt CityReporter to ensure a good audit trail for building inspections.
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Park Supervisor Recognized For Safety Program

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Playground Injuries Grew 8% In Canada

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Park District Achieves Faster, Easier Reporting

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Wood Processing Plant Improves Dust Mitigation

After two sawmill explosions rocked the lumber industry in northern BC, one pellet plant decided to implement mobile inspection software to stay on top of daily wood dust inspections. The results of their pilot project are promising.
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Building Official Reduces Town's Risk

The Town of Qualicum Beach implemented building inspection software as part of a pilot project... and improved their processes so much they were featured in a case study put together by BlackBerry.
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Permit Department Now Has Thorough Documentation

One building department in BC, Canada used to struggle with inefficiencies, lost paperwork, and expensive multi-part forms. Since implementing inspection software on their tablets, their paper-based problems are a thing of the past.
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City Now Continuously Monitors Playgrounds

The City of Colton's Bill Smith has both a CPRP and CPSI designation. He knows what's critical when it comes to keeping his playgrounds and recreational facilities in top condition. According to Bill, CityReporter meets his maintenance reporting needs in several ways.
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Highway Contractor Eliminates Paper

In the Province of British Columbia, highway maintenance is outsourced to contractors. They're required to provide the Ministry of Transportation with quality assurance documentation. That involves an overwhelming amount of paperwork. CityReporter helped them meet their record-keeping obligations with far less effort.
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Know The History Of Rubber Mulch

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Playground Injury Leads To $23M Suit

Playgrounds at the Tucson Unified School are in rough shape, and now they're in the news. In 2013, a child sustained a brain injury after falling from a slide. In 2014 and 2015, several playgrounds at closed schools remained accessible to the public, generating negative press when it was revealed they had significant safety hazards with exposed concrete slabs in fall zones.
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Governments Move To Cloud, See Cost Savings

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John McGovern Explains ADA Requirements

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Inspect Pool Drain Covers To Avoid Tragedy

Failure to inspect pool drain covers resulted in a child's death in China. North American pools can have these hazards, too, but inspection software can help by highlighting when inspections are overdue or which items aren't compliant.
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5 Problems With Paper Inspections

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City Finds Going Digital Is "Easy"

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Development Services Saves Money

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Park District Saves $4,000 Annually

In 2011, Zion Park District wasn’t sure about switching to CityReporter. They had a number of existing problems – missing reports, incomplete inspections, and high transportation costs – but their maintenance supervisor thought using inspection software would be frustrating.
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Fire Chief Getting More Inspections Done

As Director of Protective Services, fire chief Jim McBride juggled a lot of duties. After seeing a fellow fire chief do inspections on an iPad, he was intrigued and decided to try it for himself.
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Park District Cuts Paperwork By 50%

Sandwich Park District, located in Illinois, is responsible for maintaining 9 parks and 1 facility with a small staff. In 2012, they began using CityReporter in order to streamline their operations and get more done with a limited amount of resources.
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Transitioning To Tablets? Choose Wisely!

Cities looking for ways to improve efficiency are moving away from old-school paper inspections to digital inspections on mobile devices like tablets. Find out what you need to know before purchasing a tablet for your department's mobile inspections.

Looking for the NFPA codes and standards?

Most cities start by arranging a one-on-one demo to see how CityReporter works.