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Program A: Licensing and Inspection

Program Authorization: R.S. 40:1563(C)3; R.S. 40:1575; R.S. 23:531-545; R.S. 51:560 et seq; R.S. 51:911 et seq.; R.S. 51:912 et seq.; R.S. 40:1484; R.S. 40:1625 et seq.; R.S. 40:1578.6(C); R.S. 40:1566, 1567, and 1563; R.S. 40:1651 et seq.; R.S. 46:1441; Act 1010 of 1995; La. Administrative code 55:V:3001 et seq.; Section 1864(a) of the Social Services Act; Title 42 of Code of Federal Regulations

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Licensing and Inspection Program in the Office of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life and property from fire and explosion; ensure public safety of Louisiana's citizens within the constructed environment; provide equal access to disabled individuals; and promote the efficient use of energy in buildings.

The goals of the Licensing and Inspection Program in the Office of the State Fire Marshal are:

  1. Make the Fire Marshal’s Office responsive to the needs of the citizens of Louisiana by fair and equal enforcement of the statutes and regulations; providing prompt, courteous, and professional delivery of services in the most cost effective and productive manner; and to implement a fire safety and education and training programs to reduce the number of recurring violations.
  2. Reduce injury, death and property damage resulting from fire in the State of Louisiana by attaining consistent, quality and professional level inspections statewide.
  3. Maintain a data repository and statistical analysis of all fires and improve the imparting of this information to the fire department and the public.
  4. To protect the integrity of manufactured homes and the lives of the citizens occupying them.
  5. Prevent/reduce injury, death and property damage from explosions of boilers and pressure vessels and the mechanical failure of amusement attractions.

The Licensing and Inspection Program in the Office of the State Fire Marshal includes the following activities: Inspection Section, Health Care Inspection Section, Boiler and Amusement Ride Safety Inspection Section, Manufactured Homes Section, Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Section, Fireworks Licensing Section, Fire Information Services Section, Fire Protection Licensing Section, Family Food Day Care Homes, Burglar Alarm Licensing Section and Volunteer Firemen Insurance.

The Inspection Section, under the authority of R.S. 40:1563 (C) 3, conducts final construction/renovation/addition inspections of all completed construction projects having had prior plan review and existing outside the jurisdiction of a certified fire prevention bureau. Other inspections such as special requested inspections and construction visits are performed based on the urgency of the hazard involved and available resources.

The Health Care Inspection Section through contract agreement with the Department of Health and Hospitals per provisions of Section 1864(a) of the Social Services Act are required to survey and certify compliance with Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Boiler and Amusement Ride Safety Inspection is comprised of the Boiler Inspection Section and the Mechanical Section. The Boiler Section is responsible for the inspections of all boilers and certain pressure vessels throughout the state on a timely basis, and maintenance records of all inspections and companies authorized to construct, install, repair, and operate boilers in Louisiana. The Mechanical Section is responsible for the inspections of all amusement/carnival ride equipment in Louisiana (R.S. 40:1484). These inspections will include the review of all maintenance records, non-destructive testing, operational tests and the qualifications of the ride operators, as well as, the training records of the operators.

The Manufactured Home Section, under the authority of R.S. 51.911 et. seq., conducts periodic inspections of manufactured homes on dealer lots, handles consumers complaints relative to manufactured homes, and licenses manufactures, dealers, and salesmen as required. These inspections conform with Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards and Regulations administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Section, under the authority of R.S. 40:1625 et seq., licenses each fire protection sprinkler contractor doing business in Louisiana.

The Firework Licensing Section, under the authority of R.S. 51:560 et. seq., licenses manufactures, distributors, jobbers, importers, and retailers of fireworks.

The Fire Information Services Section collects and analyzes fire data.

The Fire Protection Licensing Section, under the authority of R.S. 40:1551 et seq. and Louisiana Administrative Code 55:V:3001 et seq., licenses, and certifies firms, employees and apprentices engaged in the installation or servicing of portable fire extinguishers, fixed fire extinguishing systems, fire detection and alarm systems, and hydrostatic testing of pressurized fire extinguishing equipment.

The Family Food Day Care Homes Section, under authority of R.S. 46:1411, inspects private homes taking care of six children or less under a federal program. There are approximately 10,000 homes in this program.

The Burglar Alarm Licensing Section, under authority of R.S. 40:1662.1 et seq., certifies and licenses firms and employees engaged in the sale, installation and servicing of burglar alarm systems and fire alarm systems in one or two family dwellings.

The Volunteer Firemen Insurance Program, under authority of R.S. 40:1593, authorizes the Fire Marshal to negotiate a group insurance policy to provide medical, death and burial benefits for volunteer firefighters of the state suffering injury or death while engaged in the scope of their duties as a volunteer firefighter.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indictors are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications, and Federal Funds. The Interagency Transfers are derived from the Department of Health and Hospitals for inspection services. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from issuance of various licenses (fireworks, mobile home manufacturer, sprinkler and fire extinguisher), sale of fire incident reports and boiler inspection fees. The Statutory Dedications are derived from the Louisiana Fire Marshal Fund, the Louisiana Alarm Regulatory Trust Fund and the Volunteer Firefighters Insurance Premiums. (Per R.S. 39:32B(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The Federal Funds are to defray the cost for inspecting mobile homes that are transported to Louisiana after being manufactured in another state.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$5,603,159

125

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$72,212

2

 

Inspector and clerical positions for manufactured housing inspections

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$5,675,371

127

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$76,841

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 -1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$59,103

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$0

($147,520)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

$206,500

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($270,842)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

$5,969

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings

$0

($2,692)

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($135,944)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

$4,224

0

 

Civil Service Fees

$0

($110,000)

0

 

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments - non-recurring federal funds

$0

$2,692

0

 

Other Adjustments training series promotions

$0

$110,217

0

 

Other Adjustments - increased travel and supplies

$0

$0

1

 

Other Adjustments – Attorney position

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$5,473,919

128

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($201,452)

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 96.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 65.9% of the total request ($8,303,961) for this program. The decreased funding is primarily due to decreased funding for Risk Management premiums, reduced funding for acquisitions, and the removal of nonrecurring carry forward funding. Other significant adjustments include increased funding for travel and supplies, and the addition of a new attorney position.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$497,616

 

Insurance premiums for volunteer firefighters

$58,604

 

Investigators receive $4.50 per workday for cleaning and maintaining uniforms

 

 

 

$556,220

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$270,678

 

Transferred to Management and Finance for utilities, dues, duplicating, telephones, postage and supplies

$30,528

 

Transferred to State Police for automotive maintenance

$30,971

 

Maintenance of state buildings

$12,402

 

Civil Service charges for pro rata share of expenses

 

 

 

$344,579

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$140,000

 

Ten (10) replacement vehicles

$61,950

 

Replacement computers and printers

$4,550

 

Replacement Office Furniture and Equipment

 

 

 

$206,500

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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