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Confidence Testing

The International Fire Code requires building owners to maintain their building's fire protection systems in good working condition at all times and to ensure that these systems are tested on a regular basis. The periodic testing of fire protection systems is called, confidence testing.

Building owners are expected to schedule annual and five-year confidence tests without notification from the Tacoma Fire Department. No more than 12 months may expire between annual tests. 

Most confidence tests must be conducted by a certified service technician. Many companies with certified employees are listed in your telephone company's Yellow Pages under headings such as "Fire Alarm Systems" and "Fire Protection."  

After the system is tested, a service label must be attached to the system and a confidence testing form must be sent to the Tacoma Fire Department Confidence Testing Unit which is part of the Fire Prevention Bureau. The company you choose to perform your confidence test will have the correct forms and will usually take care of sending the paperwork to the Fire Department. However, it is important to check with your confidence testing company on this point.

Confidence Testing Requirements

The following confidence test forms are available online as both PDF and Word documents.

 Email completed forms to tfdcto@cityoftacoma.org

Confidence Test Forms  Inspections Schedule PDF Word
Automatic Fire Sprinkler System - Wet  

Annually 

Download Download
Automatic Fire Sprinkler System - Dry  Annually 
Download
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Fire Alarm System Annually  Download
Download

Commercial Kitchen Rangehood System  

Annually & semi-annually Download
Download
Commercial Kitchen Rangehood Cleaning  See form for schedule  Download
Download
Standpipe System  Every five years
Download
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Standpipe - Annual 

Annually 

Download
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Fire Escape   Every five years  Download
Download
Fire Escape Annual Checklist Annually  Download Download
Special Suppression System  Annually Download
Download
Foam System  Annually & every five years  Download
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Fire Pump  Annually Download
Download
Emergency Generator  Annually Download
Download
Shaft and Floor Pressurization  Annually Download
Download
Flammable Finishes Applications  Annually Download
Download

Private Hydrants

Annually Download
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Smoke Control Systems  Annually  Download Download 
System Correction Report      Download