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Fire Sprinklers

Levels of Fire Sprinkler
Contractor Licensing

In Washington State, a company contracting to design, install, inspect, test, maintain, and/or service any portion of a water-based fire protection sprinkler system must be licensed by the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office.

There are five levels of fire sprinkler licenses available:

Levels of Certification

Fire Sprinkler Certificate of Competency

Any contractor licensed to design and install water-based fire protection sprinkler systems must have at least one Certificate of Competency Holder (COC) in their employ, holding the same level of certification as the contractor’s licensing level. This requirement is reflected in the specialized level of licensing.

Other Certificate Holders:

Fire Sprinkler Training

RCW 18.160.050 requires that the State Fire Marshal’s Office to provide training and assistance to the local fire authorities, fire sprinkler industry, and the public.

This is accomplished by annually providing fire sprinkler training classes at no cost to those attending. Various training sessions are held at different locations around the state. We contract with a company to provide this training, using nationally recognized providers of fire protection education and training services, specializing in NFPA standards. Their instructors are recognized as industry experts.

The training contractor is a registered International Code Council (ICC) Preferred Provider which allows attendees of this training to receive ICC Continuing Education Units (CEUs). These CEUs are needed to maintain ICC or other certifications requiring continuing education.

Residential Fire Sprinkler
Demonstration Trailer

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has a trailer that allows for live fire demonstrations of residential fire sprinklers effectiveness in containing a fire.

This prop allows for live fire demonstrations how residential fire sprinklers work and their effectiveness in containing a fire and is available to those fire jurisdictions requesting a demonstration.

  • Requesting the Trailer for a Demonstration

    To request the trailer, Please complete the Fire Sprinkler Trailer Request Form.

    The trailer is scheduled based on a first come/first serve basis and availability of staff.

  • Demonstration Cost

    There is no charge for the personnel, equipment and supplies used to provide a demonstration.

    When requesting a demonstration, please provide ensure to provide:

    • Information regarding the space the trailer will be parked.
    • We need a level parking area, roughly 10 feet x 30 feet.
    • The viewing side of the trailer is on the driver’s side so plan on having space for the audience to view the demonstration.
    • A water connection (outdoor faucet or fire hydrant) within 100 feet is preferred.
    • Availability of shore power available (240V) connection.

Complaints

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) regulates fire protection sprinkler system contractors for statutory compliance. This includes any business entity licensed or not and any individual certified or not who engages in worked regulated by RCW 18.160, RCW 18.270, and WAC 212-80.

  • Complaints

    The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) regulates fire protection sprinkler system contractors for statutory compliance. This includes any business entity licensed or not and any individual certified or not who engages in worked regulated by RCW 18.160, RCW 18.270, and WAC 212-80.

    The relevant statutes and rules authorize SFMO to deny fire sprinkler licenses, take administrative action against licensees, and impose civil penalties.

    The SFMO initiates action when there has been a complaint (from the public or an Authority Having Jurisdiction), or when the SFMO has concerns about the licensee. Depending on the facts, the SFMO notifies the company or individual about the investigation and scope of the complaint in writing. If the violation involves unlicensed work by a company, the SFMO will also send a Cease and Desist Order.

    Once the investigation is complete, the SFMO sends an Administrative Violation Notice (AVN) letter with a civil penalty notice. The letter explains the charges in detail and the results of the investigation. Once the recipient receives the letter and penalty notice, the recipient must either pay the fine or appeal the action.

    Within the AVN will be instructions regarding the time frame in which a recipient has to appeal the action through both an informal conference (WAC 212-80-235) and formal hearing process (WAC 212-80-240).

  • Forms