Notice of Declaratory Statement

Division of State Fire Marshal
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Department of Financial Services, Division of State Fire Marshal has issued an order disposing of the petition for declaratory statement filed by Frank McElroy, Petitioner on January 23, 2009. The following is a summary of the agency's disposition of the petition:
The Petition was presented at the Florida Fire Code Advisory Council meeting on March 27, 2009 in St. Augustine, Florida. The affected condominium association presented its arguments through the association’s Vice President. Members of the public also spoke at the meeting. The Subject of the Petition is whether a fire alarm system is required in the subject structure which lacks a fire sprinkler system. The answer is yes, because the Life Safety Code, adopted by rule of the Department, requires the fire alarm system as a minimum requirement and the subject structure did not meet any of the exceptions for the requirement. The local fire authority is authorized to approve an alternative that provides an equivalent level of fire safety; however, an alternative was not proposed.
A copy of the Order Disposing of the Petition for Declaratory Statement may be obtained by contacting: Lesley Mendelson, Assistant General Counsel, 200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0340, (850)413-3604, or (850)413-4238, Fax: (850)922-1235 or (850)488-0697 (please advise if you would like it mailed or faxed to you and please include your phone number on your request in case any question arises), or by e-mailing your request to: