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Village of McFarland, WI

Fire Inspections, Fire Prevention, and Plan Reviews

We have one Full-time Fire Inspector/Public Education Specialist who conducts approximately 750 inspections per year, completes plan reviews, and coordinates public education events. If you have any questions regarding any of these items, please contact us at 608-838-3278 or
Fire Inspections: 
The state of Wisconsin requires all fire departments to conduct semi-annual fire inspections of all commercial buildings, including apartment complexes. When a department completes all of the required semi-annual fire inspections, they receive what is called “2 percent dues” from the state, which acts as another source of revenue for the department. These inspections are conducted twice per year for most occupancies, although some are exempted to once per year based on their use. See the document below titled "Common Violations Found on Fire Inspections" to see some of the items we look for.
If you recently moved into or purchased a building in our service area, please complete the "Occupancy Update Form" below so we can update the contacts in our system and start the pre-planning process for the building.
Plan Reviews:
The Fire Inspector/Public Education Specialist reviews all building plans for any new construction, remodels, sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and makes sure the proposed plans/buildings/renovations comply with the current applicable codes relating to fire protection features. The State of Wisconsin uses the 2012 Edition of NFPA 1, along with Chapter SPS 314 (Fire Prevention) of the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services, and the 2009 edition of the International Building Code, as the current codes.
All plans for Fire Protection systems should be sent to us prior to work starting on said system(s). If work is started on the system(s) prior to the plans being approved, a work stoppage order will be issued and in effect until the plan review is completed and given a conditional approval. Paperwork given to us for plan review should include three copies of the system plans to a 1/8"=1' scale, any and all spec sheets relating to equipment included in the system, the completed Fire Protection Fee worksheet with payment, and completed Fire Protection System Work Permit form.
McFarland Fire & Rescue is considered an "Agent of the State." What this means is that we are able to review and approve plans for fire alarm and sprinkler systems on behalf of the State. Because of this, builders and system designers can submit those plans directly to us and they do not have to submit them to the State. This speeds up the process as we typically have a plan review completion time of about 1 week or less. Our Fire Protection Fee Worksheet and Fire Protection System Work Permit application is below, these must be completed for any project involving the installation or alteration of fire protection systems.
Fire Prevention:
Our Fire Prevention Bureau remains very active, giving station tours throughout the year, talking to classes at the local schools, and conducting fire drills at the local schools. Fire Prevention Week is always a very busy week for the Fire Prevention Bureau, with local kindergartens and preschools coming to the station for a safety talk and station tour. We also go out to some of the preschools and kindergartens during that week to do a safety talk and show some of the trucks to the children. Also during Fire Prevention Week is our annual Open House which includes a free pork dinner, demonstrations by firefighters and EMTs, and an opportunity for us to show the public our equipment and how much we care about their safety and well-being. Contact Blake if you want to schedule a tour!

Attached Document or FileOccupancy Update Form  
Attached Document or FileCommon Violations Found on Fire Inspections  
Attached Document or FileFire Protection Fee Worksheet  
Attached Document or FileFire Protection System Work Permit Application  

5915 Milwaukee St. | P.O. Box 110 | McFarland, WI 53558-0110 | ph: 608-838-3153 | fx: 608-838-3619