11-21-2017 Organization of Board, Regular Meeting, Public Hearing
Agenda Item #35

2017 Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty Safety and Sanitation Inspection

Certified Fire Safety Inspectors of the BPS Office of Environmental Health & Safety performed an unannounced annual inspection of each educational facilities in the district. Deficiencies noted at each site are re-inspected to assure compliance.  BPS uses the following Statutes, Administrative Codes and Industry Standards to establish a process for conducting annual comprehensive fire safety, casualty safety, and sanitation inspections of existing Brevard Public Schools (BPS) facilities:

  * Florida Statute 1013.12 - Casualty, Safety, Sanitation, and Fire Safety Standards and Inspection of Property

  * Florida Administrative Code 69A-58 - Fire Safety in Educational Facilities

  * Florida Administrative Rule 6A-2.0010 - State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) Chapter 5, Existing Facilities

  * National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Prevention Code 1 & Life Safety Code 101

Local/municipal fire officials were invited to assist our trained/certified fire safety inspectors during the fire safety portion (opposed to casualty safety & sanitation) of the inspection process for all school and ancillary sites.  Where the local fire department declined to participate in an inspection, a copy of the completed inspection report was provided to them.  The principal for each school as well as a BPS Fire/Safety Inspector signed the original copy of each school's inspection report.  An electronic copy of the 353 page report is attached.

Though BPS District has agreed to assist local charter schools each year in this process, the BPS District is not responsible for managing the safety deficiencies identified.  The correction of these deficiencies is the responsibility of the individual charter school.  A separate report of charter school inspections data (27 pages) was provided to the Director of School of Choice (Stephanie Archer) for reference.  A copy of the same report is provided herein.

A copy of the Fire Safety portion of both BPS District Schools Report as well as the BPS Charter Schools Report was submitted to the State Fire Marshal's Office on June, 30, 2017 as required by FAC 69A-58.

BPS District received $173,986.00 of State allocated Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) Maintenance Funds designated for the repair of Safety type school deficiencies in Fiscal Year 2017-18.  The Facilities Services Division intends to use these funds (designated as: Capital Safety-to-Life Budget) to correct deficiencies identified in this report and any new deficiencies that are discovered which may be serious in nature, to the extent that funds are available.  Deficiency prioritization, in combination with bundling like/similar project work, will continue to be an essential component in efficiently completing the infrastructure-type safety deficiencies.  Individual Safety-to-Life projects exceeding $50,000.00 will be submitted to the Board for approval.


Accept the 2017 Comprehensive Fire Safety, Casualty Safety, and Sanitation Inspection Report for all Brevard Public Schools and Charter Schools, and approve the expenditure of $173,986.00 Safety-to-Life Project Funds to correct deficiencies identified in this report on a priority basis.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 9/26/2017
Consent after Information - 11/21/2017

Authority for Action
Florida Statute 1013.12

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Capital Projects

Cost Center

Legal Counsel Review

Jim Powers, BPS Environmental Health and Safety Manager, phone: 321-633-3580 ext. 13074

Attachment:  2016-17 All school-sites. Comprehensive Safety Insp Rpts..pdf
Attachment:  BPS 2016 Safety Insp Report, Summary. EH&S Office.pdf
Attachment:  2016-17 Charter Schools. Comprehensive Safety Insp. Rpts..pdf