At our annual ICB/TABB Conference in May, a number of successful fire life safety contractors, including James Larsen of Mechanical Test & Balance in Indiana, and Ohio’s John Sickle, president of Duct Fabricators, shared their 10-year journeys as pioneers in the inspection, testing and repair of fire and smoke dampers. As part of the discussion, both suggested that university and college campuses are prime candidates for HVAC fire life safety services.
The reason can be found in the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This act requires all postsecondary institutions participating in HEA’s Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The regulations apply to institutions with on-campus student housing facilities and focus exclusively on those facilities. These institutions are required to:
- Maintain a log of all reported fires that occur in those on-campus student housing facilities
- Publish an annual fire safety report that contains fire safety policies and fire statistics
- Submit the fire statistics from the fire safety report annually to the Department of Education
As discussed at the Conference, HVAC fire life safety is an excellent way to smooth out cash flow while increasing manhours. If you are thinking of adding these services to your existing offerings, NEMIC has the expertise and resources to help. For more information, please contact administrator David Bernett at email@example.com or 703.739.7100.