The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the department's code compliance and inspections process. The division is responsible for understanding and enforcing many laws and regulations, such as Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 148 - Fire Prevention, 527 CMR 1.00 - MA Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 2018 NFPA 1 Fire Code, etc.
There are many tasks assigned to this division, such as:
The Town of Natick now has an ONLINE PERMITTING SYSTEM
All permits in the town are now being handled through the new online permitting system, OpenGov. To access the system, please click on the link below. Beginning on July 1, 2022, the Fire Prevention Division will NO LONGER be accepting paper permit applications.
Another responsibility of this division is the scheduling of firefighters to details. "Details" are when a member of the department is required, by code, to be present during particular activities. For example if someone is welding in an occupied building, a member of the fire department is required to be on scene to enforce safe work practices and provide fire suppression if needed. There are many types of details, such as:
Cutting and Welding Operations
Fire Watch - If a fire alarm or suppression system is malfunctioning or being fixed, firefighters monitor the building for fire emergencies. These are typically utilized in high risk structures, such as nursing homes, apartment buildings, malls, etc.
EMS - Many different events may benefit from having qualified and equipped emergency medical technicians on site. Our department offers a variety of details for this need, up to and including a Paramedic level ambulance.
Blasting - At times it is necessary to utilize demolitions/explosives for construction purposes. Firefighters are assigned to the area to monitor for safe practices, safety of the public and damage documentation of the surrounding area (should any occur).