In 1992, the Vermont Fire TQP Inspection program (certification of inspectors who are not state employees) was established to ensure that safety equipment in Vermont buildings was working properly. Vermont established the program because the limited number of state inspectors were not able to follow-up on all of the commercial buildings in the state. As in most states, the program produced ways to make money, reduce state employees, and maximize enforcement of regulations. Vermont Fire Prevention became part of Vermont Public Safety in April of 2005, allowing for greater operating budgets.
This program has served most building owners well. The majority of inspection companies are out to protect the public in their fire system inspections. But as in all programs similar to this one, there are companies which intentionally violate systems for the purpose of selling new equipment to you, the owner. For those companies, it is about profit to sell new equipment on commission, rather than to help building owners meet code and protect the public. At Countryside, we believe that this is not serving the public as it was intended. Inspections are meant to verify that what is installed is working, and only recommend replacing equipment that is not working or non-compliant. The TQP programs are required to follow NFPA 72 1.4, which states that “existing equipment shall be allowed as long as it does not endanger the public.”
Beware of alarm companies that will inspect, violate and sell a new proprietary system to you that can only be serviced by that company and no other, holding you, the customer, hostage. A number of Vermont building owners have fallen prey to this business practice. Vermont has plenty of quality contractors – so if a company has to hold a customer hostage for business, it is wise to question that company’s motives. At Countryside, we will never exploit you in this way.
Vermont Fire System Service
- Small Fire Systems Service Price to start $130.00
- Small Fire System w/ Monitoring & Service Price to start $350.00